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WASPRAD

Supporting Organisations

There are nine organisations that support space-related research in Wales.
More information on each can be seen below:

WASP

WASP
(Welsh Academic Space Partnership)

Offering “a single voice and strategic pathway for members”, WASP has been around for several years. It provides networking opportunities to space researchers in Wales through consortium meetings and face-to-face events. It is promoted by the Space Wales, the Aerospace Wales Forum and Welsh Government.
Space Wales

Space Wales

Space Wales is a leadership group of industry representatives that is owned and run by the Aerospace Wales Forum. It defines and promotes the Welsh industrial sector’s strengths in its capabilities matrix and sustainability strategy. Space Wales also promotes and supports WASP activities.
Aeropspace Wales

Aerospace Wales Forum

The Aerospace Wales Forum is the trade association for industry organisations in aerospace and defence in Wales. The forum promotes member companies and provides them with networking opportunities. Universities and RTOs are also welcome to join as members.

Endeavr

Airbus Endeavr

A collaboration between the aerospace prime Airbus and Welsh Government for funding early-stage research projects in Wales in the Digital Economy, the Low Carbon Economy and Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing sectors – which all overlap with the space sector. The programme distributes funding on a competitive application basis to individual research initiatives, and with the aim of increasing the pipeline of market-ready advanced technology solutions that Airbus can exploit.
Sprint

SPRINT
(Space Research and Innovation Network for Technology)

A partnership organisation of English and Scottish universities, large companies, government agencies and investors that provides SMEs with access to space-related expertise and capabilities. SPRINT is dedicated to support SME growth through fully funded collaborative R&D projects.
Welsh Crucible

Welsh Crucible

Not strictly a consortium organisation, but a networking and skills development programme for researchers in Wales that is funded by a partnership of Welsh universities and the HEFCW. Each year, 30 researchers are selected to participate in a skills development process that focusses on the benefits of cross-collaboration. They are then able to join an alumni network that continues to facilitate network connections.
SPARC II

SPARC II
(Solar Photovoltaic Academic Research Consortium)

A research network ran by Swansea University which brings together Swansea, Bangor and Aberystwyth universities’ researchers in solar PV technology. The group works together to build research capacity and attract competitive research funding to their collaborative research projects.
CPE

The Centre for Photonics Expertise (CPE)

A partnership between Wrexham Glyndŵr, Bangor, Aberystwyth and University of South Wales photonics researchers. The centre facilitates collaborative projects between the universities and industrial organisation with challenges relating to the application of photonics technologies.
Photonics Connected

Photonics Connected

A networking group for photonics businesses in Wales from the Technology Connected network. Organisations, including universities, pay a membership fee and the network “champions and promotes” Welsh photonics capabilities across the world.

Strengthening the space sector in Wales

Space Research Areas

Welsh universities cover virtually the full range of space research areas

Supporting Organisations

Nine organisations that support space-related research in Wales

Resources

The RAD capabilities and facilities relating to the space sector in Wales

Contacts

Contact information for the Universities in Wales with Space sector capabilities