The new National Propulsion Test Facility to be built in Buckinghamshire will enable UK researchers to test and develop space propulsion technologies. High altitude testing of thrusters up to 2kN will take place at the new vacuum facility. The funding will also allow existing industry owned test chambers to be upgraded.
Katherine Courtney, interim CEO of the UK Space Agency said “Our investment in a National Space Propulsion Facility will add several new capabilities to the UK space sector and build upon what is already a world-class UK space propulsion sector.
“We hope that UK companies will continue to make successful contributions to international missions, such as the LEROS 1b engine involved in JUNO.”