Behind-the-scenes @ RAL Space, Harwell

Two people wearing clean room suits standing in front of a thermal vacuum chamber door inspecting satellite components.

Exclusively for Members and their guests

RAL Space is the UK's national space laboratory, advancing the understanding​ of space and our environment for the benefit of all.


During this visit, a space ambassador will present an overview of the world-class science, technology and facilities at RAL Space.

You will discover how space missions are brought to life and share the impact of space projects from collaborations with fellow departments of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), and partners across the 100+ companies in the Harwell Space Cluster.

Following a tour of the space laboratory, there will be an exclusive talk from an expert scientist or engineer, lunch in the RAL Space canteen and finish with a tour of Oxford Space Systems.


RAL Space has over 60 years of experience in space programmes and involvement in over 215 instruments on missions. They work with UK and overseas agencies, universities and industry on space and ground-based projects.

Their unique position between industry and academia enables them to strengthen the UK space community through scientific research, ​technology development, providing cutting edge facilities​ and strategic advice to external partners. Their experts work throughout the lifecycle of space missions: leading concept studies for future missions, developing bespoke innovative scientific instrumentation, providing world-class test facilities, operating ground-stations, processing and analysing data.

Image above: Assembly of the calibration system for the Meteosat Third Generation Imager satellite. Credit: STFC RAL Space

This event is part of an exclusive programme of in-person visits for Members. Each event gives Members of Friends of Imperial College and their guests unique access to facilities and research departments with our Behind-the-Scenes events in Imperial and beyond!

If you are already a Member you are welcome to book tickets below for you and your guest. Your confirmation email will act as your ticket and a full event itinerary and travel options will be sent to you nearer to the event date. The event fee is to help cover Friends administrative costs, no fees are paid to RAL Space for this event.

If you are not a Member and would like to book for this event, as well as enjoying the wide range of other benefits annual Membership brings, visit the 'Join Friends' page here

Simply book a Membership from only £25 per annum, and then book a ticket or two from the list below. 

Due to their very nature, places at these exclusive events are limited in number so do book early for these!

This ticket-type is now fully booked. If you would like to be added to the waiting list should there be any cancellations for this type, email [email protected].
  • STFC RAL Space, Harwell Campus
  • Didcot
  • OX11 0QX
  • OX11 0QX

Event Schedule

  • 19 March 2024 10:30 am   -   3:00 pm
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