Space Campus: £75m National Space Park R&D campus to be built in Leicester
Rocketeer — Tue, 18/04/2017 - 9:56pm
The University of Leicester has unveiled plans for a £75m campus devoted to space science and engineering. The campus is expected to create around 600 high-tech jobs, and will open around late 2019 or early 2020. The facility will support existing space science research at Leicester, and attract new UK and international space firms to co-locate there. A major focus of the facility, as discussed by Prof. Martin Barstow, head of the college of science and engineering, will be the commercial exploitation of space-related data.
Named the National Space Park, it will be constructed on land adjacent to the existing National Space Centre, a space science museum and interactive exhibit in Leicester. The University has received at least £13m in regional development funding for the project from the latest Budget, with the remainder expected to be met from private funding and the University's own funds.