International Research Collaboration

The Space Technology Centre works with many leading organisations across the world. Space research and technology is by its very nature an international activity and the Space Technology Centre is at the forefront of several areas of spacecraft technology research and development.

European Space Agency (ESA)

The Space Technology Centre works closely with ESA on the development of SpaceWire based onboard networks for spacecraft applications. Recent developments include a set of protocols allowing a consistent implementation of communication services and a SpaceFibre extension to very high data rates. Thanks to a sustained cooperation, activities performed for ESA embrace instrument data-handling technologies and space exploration through the PANGU planet simulation tool.

Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency (JAXA)

The Space Technology Centre collaborated with JAXA on SpaceWire related research and development. We designed the Cuba software for the JAXA Space Cube processor and are currently working with Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) in JAXA on the SpaceWire-RMAP interfaces for the European instruments on the Bepi Colombo MMO mission to Mercury and study of SpW based satellite architecture for small scientific satellites and New exploration X-ray Telescope (NeXT) mission.


NASA is using SpaceWire technology on several of its missions. The SpaceWire standard was written by the Space Technology Centre with input from spacecraft engineers across Europe. The Space Technology Centre collaborates with several leading aerospace organisations across the USA including the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre and the South West Research Institute.

RosCosmos and St Petersburg University of Aerospace Instrumentation

The Space Technology Centre has a long collaboration on SpaceWire with St Petersburg University of Aerospace Instrumentation and more recently with other aerospace organisations in Russia.

UK Support

Within the UK our work is supported by BNSC, NERC and STFC. NERC fund the satellite receiving station which is now part of the NERC Earth Observation Acquisition and Analysis Service (NEODAAS). BNSC contribute toward the work on spacecraft onboard technology and STFC towards the work on planetary lander technology.