University projects working on thrusters, folding solar arrays and satellite quantum key distribution are amongst those sharing a £2.1m funding pot from the UK Space Agency.
The UK Space Agency is investing £2.1m across eight separate university projects and the Cardiff-based satellite firm Space Forge.
Craig Brown, director of investment at the UK Space Agency, said: “These projects showcase the diversity of skills in space-related science and engineering that are growing all over the UK.”
The full list of space projects are:
- Lancaster University, £240,000: Wave tube amplifier for 5G and 6G.
- Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey, £250,000: Plasma torch rocket electrothermal thruster.
- Swansea University, £250,000: Technology for levitated optomechanics.
- University of Strathclyde, £250,000: Satellite quantum key distribution through UV micro-LEDs.
- Durham University, £250,000: Metal optics for Earth Observation instrument concepts.
- Durham University, £190,000: A EUV integral field spectrograph to monitor the sun.
- University of Southampton, £240,000: Development of a novel beam steering chip for use in optical communications.
- Imperial College London, £200,000: Cold spray metal additive for use in space.
- Space Forge, £230,000: Folding solar array for reusable spacecraft.
In addition to the UK Space Agency’s backing, the projects will receive further funding rounds from companies, academia and not-for-profit organisations.
Rolls-Royce’s space reactor departed with £2.9m from the UK Space Agency earlier this year.