RAL Space Building, Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire, UK

Fairhurst Design Group
Date Built
Fermi Ave
This building, known as R100, is one of the many facilities owned by the Science & Technology Facilities Council and located on the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire.  It is home to "RAL Space", "... an integral part of STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. With over 50 years heritage and involvement in over 200 space instruments, RAL Space is at the forefront of UK Space Research. RAL Space undertake world-leading space research and technology development, provide space test and ground-based facilities, design and build instruments, analyse and process data and operate ground-station facilities and lead conceptual studies for future missions."

Dr Chris Mutlow, Director of RAL Space said about the new building that,  “Our new integration and test facility provides capability for the needs of the next generation of spacecraft and instruments, and will contribute to the growing community of space focused businesses, capabilities and skills located at the Harwell Campus space Gateway.  Our R100 building is a major expansion of our test facilities; including two new 5m diameter Space Test Chambers along with a vibration facility, clean rooms and AIV (Assembly, Integration and Verification) control room. With Phase 2 of the project currently expected to be completed by June 2017 these are incredibly exciting times to be working at RAL Space”.

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