Kayser Space joins growing space cluster in Harwell, Oxfordshire
Kayser Italia, a privately owned independent aerospace system engineering company, initially established operations in 1986. Since its launch the company has participated in more than 50 space missions and 80 payloads – all of which have been completed with full scientific, technical, economic and programmatic success.
The payloads developed by Kayser Italia have been flown on Russian capsules, the Shuttle Transportation System (STS), the Japanese HTV module and the Chinese Shenzhou-8 as well as the European ATV module and the International Space Station (ISS).
The opportunity to work with the European Space Agency, the strong cluster of space-related industries and a chance to exploit deep sector know-how to build growth ensured that Harwell, the gateway to the UK’s space industry in the heart of Oxfordshire, was the preferred site for its new offices.
Fully supported by the Department of International Trade (DIT) team, along with the Oxfordshire LEP and service partners at Harwell, Kayser were given extensive intelligence and information to make an informed decision taking into account sector-based intelligence; information of technical skills; introductions to commercial services; business networks and property viewings.
Kayser Space (UK) Limited, which was set-up at the end of 2015, has since signed two major projects with ESA targeting experiments and facilities. In addition, the company has established agreements with major universities and is in the process of developing joint projects.
David Zolesi, Managing Director of Kayser Space commented: “The support and services were received from the DIT, LEP and the service partners at Harwell, at a crucial time in our investment journey, was great. They not only saved us time and money but also helped direct our thinking.
“Our mission is to develop integrated applications in space building on the expertise acquired over the years by Kayser Italia within its life sciences space systems. The unique cluster and dynamic brings cross-cutting sectors together and we believe that Harwell is the best location for us to do this and be successful in the UK.”