The University of Leicester has a long and distinguished reputation of discovery in space and Earth Observation science. Every year since 1967 has seen a Leicester-built instrument operating in space.
The University holds, and has held, vital roles in many space missions for space agencies including NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), the UK Space Agency (UKSA), ISRO (India) and JAXA (Japan).
The University of Leicester works in partnership with businesses to develop practical and commercial applications from our space research.
Our impact so far
We are the host of the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO), which is a research centre using satellite data to boost our understanding of the environment, and informs government policy development and supports businesses.
We are home to the East Midlands Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications, which helps businesses grow through the use of satellite data.
We also help businesses find applications for satellite data. This includes the remote monitoring of crops and forestry areas to improve how land is managed, air quality monitoring to help improve transport routing, urban planning and general health, improving maritime surveillance and more.
The University's space science and engineering capabilities have also been applied to challenges in unrelated areas such as health, where we are using state-of-the-art imaging systems to enable early disease detection.