Leicester innovation

Leicester is well equipped to represent a range of the UK’s capabilities at events such as the GREAT Festival of Innovation. Our legacy began 100 years ago and we invite visitors to step into the world of space and earth observation.

The GREAT Festival of Innovation has given us the opportunity to demonstrate Leicester’s history in space science to the world. Yes, we have an impressive heritage, but this legacy lives on. At the show our representatives will be paving the way - building relationships with partners across the world.

We’re proud to showcase our continued growth and commitment to space. The University of Leicester offers a host of exciting new developments and leading research including:

Space Park Leicester

An ambitious initiative to develop a global hub and collaborative community based on space and space-enabled technologies. Space Park Leicester will be a brand new centre for the analysis and commercialisation of space-enabled data and space mission development. The first buildings are expected to be ready in 2019.

Innovation Hub

The University's Innovation Hub works closely with industry to accelerate innovation by turning great research and business ideas into innovative products, services and processes.

Space Missions

Part of the University's Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Space Research Centre is heavily involved in developing technology for space missions, both operational and in preparation. Recent and current projects include:

  • Meteosat Second Generation 
  • ASTROSAT 
  • The James Webb Space Telescope
  • ExoMars 

The next exciting project we’ll be participating in is one of the European Space Agency’s cornerstone missions, BepiColombo. This mission to fly past Venus and then orbit Mercury has been described by Europe's space scientists as one of the most challenging long-term planetary projects.

We are proudly providing the Mercury Imaging X-Ray Spectrometer (MIXS) instrument to the mission, a lightweight yet accurate payload, enabled by in-house expertise in microchannel plate optics. In short, BepiColombo will help to reveal invaluable information and determine Mercury’s composition.

Excited to see where we’re heading next?