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Astroscale opens new UK facility to build world’s first commercial space debris removal spacecraft

08:39 19 October in News, Oxfordshire

Astroscale Limited, the UK and European subsidiary of Astroscale Holdings Inc. (“Astroscale”), the market leader in satellite servicing and long-term orbital sustainability, opened its new Zeus satellite manufacturing and operations facilities at Harwell.

The move from the company’s previous premises to the new facility, Zeus, marks a 900% increase in space, covering approximately 20,000 square feet to accommodate a high specification satellite manufacturing facility, a satellite operations centre, and offices for 120 staff.

The company’s new custom built UK headquarters will be at the heart of the Harwell Science & Innovation Campus Space Cluster, close to partners such as the UK Space Agency, European Space Agency (ESA), Satellite Applications Catapult, the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and many space industry partners. This strategic location will enable Astroscale to lead development of the in-orbit servicing supply chain and commercial servicing economy through creating new jobs, national capability and world-leading facilities in the UK.

“I am delighted to open our new state-of-the-art UK premises at Harwell Campus today,” said Nobu Okada, Founder and CEO of Astroscale. “This facility will support our ambitious growth plans for the UK business, allowing us to work with our partners to drive forward the development of the in-orbit servicing commercial market in the UK. If we act now, we will ensure a sustainable space economy for future generations.’

In addition, the company has shown its international reach, developed from its roots in Asia (Japan, Singapore), into the UK in 2017, the USA (2019) and Israel (2020). Inward investment and British investment, both government and private sector, will remain critical at this transformational stage of the in-orbit servicing market.

“The opening of Astroscale’s new Zeus facility showcases the continuous investment into the Harwell Space Cluster, facilitating its expansion within the Thames Valley region, while already playing a key role in the growth of the UK Space Sector.  In many ways, the Harwell campus presents a gateway to the UK’s space industry.”

Paul Briton CEO TVCC


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