60 Years of Space at Leicester

Sixty years ago, in 1960, Professor Ken Pounds founded the Space Research Group at the University of Leicester. The first Leicester-built instrument in space was launched aboard a Skylark rocket in 1961 and there has been at least one piece of Leicester-built equipment operating in space every year since 1967. Sixty years on, we are continuing to collaborate with international space agencies and developing Space Park Leicester with local partners.

Space missions

We have a long history of involvement in major international space missions.

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Space School

We run a week-long residential course for students aged 13-18, during the summer holidays. The curriculum includes space/astronomy talks and practical workshops.

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