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Space Enterprise Labs

Local places for space innovation


About the Space Enterprise Labs

The way in which we work has fundamentally changed over the last few years, and communicating virtually is now no longer the exception. To ensure our stakeholders can innovate and collaborate effectively and efficiently, we have created the Space Enterprise Labs (SELs), a UK-wide network of local places for space innovation that are free-to-use and digitally inclusive.

As physical anchors for the UK Space Ecosystem and complementing the Space Enterprise Community platform, the Space Enterprise Labs (SELs) bring communities together, both locally and nationally. They include free access to resources, virtual demonstrations and expertise, as well as technology including:

  • Large interactive touch screens and virtual canvas with full connectivity capabilities, enabling seamless delivery of meetings, business support sessions, capability demonstrations and opportunity development workshops
  • Video conferencing licenses and professional webcams to run high-quality webinars and engage the community
  • Virtual Reality Headsets for demonstrations of space capability (1-on-1 or at events) such as our bespoke Virtual Reality Satellite 101 demonstration featuring the launch, deployment and operation of a satellite



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First launched in 2021, there is now a network of 14 Space Enterprise Lab locations open across the UK:

  • SEL Adastral (Ipswich, Suffolk)
  • SEL Daresbury (Liverpool City Region)
  • SEL Edinburgh (South-East Scotland)
  • SEL Exeter (Devon)
  • SEL Glasgow (Central Scotland)
  • SEL Harwell (Oxfordshire)
  • SEL Leeds (Space Hub Yorkshire)
  • SEL Leicester (Leicestershire)
  • SEL NETPark (County Durham)
  • SEL Newport (South Wales)
  • SEL OpTIC (North Wales)
  • SEL Spaceport Cornwall (Cornwall)
  • SEL Portsmouth (Hampshire)
  • SEL Westcott (Buckinghamshire)


An initial pilot group of Space Enterprise Labs were funded and set up by the Satellite Applications Catapult in partnership with the local hosting institutions.  These have been a great success, and we recognise a demand to set up SELs in other localities.  We therefore operate a franchised model where we are happy to work with new hosts who would like to fund their own SEL and join the network.

If you are interested in setting up a Space Enterprise Lab in your area to contribute to the growth of the local space sector, please contact for more information on franchising opportunities.

Use Cases

The Space Enterprise Labs are equipped with a digital kit that facilitate collaborative work and engagement with organisations across the ecosystem. They offer the perfect environment for hosting hybrid meetings, running demonstrations, or organising events, providing endless possibilities for collective innovation. The SELs have various capacities, from 1 to 20 attendees, though larger events might also be accommodated on site at other spaces upon request subject to the hosts agreement and terms.

It is also important to note that the free usage of these spaces is specifically intended for collaborative purposes and project delivery, rather than individual organisation use. Some of these are listed below, showing how different users and stakeholders have benefitted from their local Space Enterprise Lab for collaborative purposes. If you wish to use them for other use cases, please contact


Space Strategy Sessions

Used by the local team to plan and discuss space strategy.

SEL Leeds: Launch of Space Hub Yorkshire (SHY) Strategy sessions and Space Leadership meeting.

Business Engagement & Support

Giving innovators a chance to meet with experts in person or remotely.

SEL Leicester: Delivery of Space Commercialisation Engine (SCE) Business Support sessions.

Locally Run Events

Running, attending or broadcasting space technology awareness and community engagement events.

SEL Portsmouth: Orbit South Central monthly networking event series.

Key Stakeholder Meetings

Bringing together local and/or national stakeholders to collaborate and exchange knowledge.

SEL NETPark: Ministerial visits, leadership team meeting, and UKSA/SME project kick off.

Project Meetings

Developing proposals, consortium meetings, and project reviews

SEL Harwell: Management of Local Growth Collaboration project between Satellite Applications Catapult and UKSA.


Delivery of demonstrations of space enabled technology and applications

SEL Exeter: Exeter Discovery Room Space Applications event, SME technical expert support meetings.



Space Enterprise Labs are local places for space innovation, and part of a range of tools to support the UK Space Ecosystem

Satellite Applications Catapult and the UK Space Agency (UKSA) are working with partners to develop a thriving and connected UK Space Ecosystem. Together we accomplish this by supporting businesses to start up, scale and innovate, connecting communities to benefit from space, and stimulating the growth of national capabilities.

Complementing this network of local places for space innovation, the Space Enterprise Community is the online community hub for the UK Space Ecosystem, fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing. Together, they integrate online engagement with real-world development.