Satellite Applications Catapult have developed an exciting proposition as the initial phase of the Disruptive Innovative Space Centre (DISC) facility at Westcott, a fundamental part of building the critical core of the future UK Space Industry.
DISC Phase 1 nearing completion
The proposal for a new building providing 2,387sqm space and facilities, was delivered in March 2022. Bucks LEP Board approved in July 2020, the £2m Getting Building Fund grant for this scheme.
The scheme will expand specialist facilities at Westcott, including a Metal Additive Manufacturing facility, vacuum test chamber and clean rooms for satellite assembly and testing.
Stuart Martin, CEO at the Satellite Applications Catapult, said: “We are really pleased to be able to further expand our offering to support the growing community of space businesses at Westcott, with both cutting-edge equipment and the knowledge and expertise of our teams.
“Activity at Westcott in recent years reflects the burgeoning excitement within the space sector, with companies seeing an ever-growing range of new commercial opportunities. We are delighted to be part of this development journey and working alongside the Westcott Venture Park and Buckinghamshire LEP to build the space community here.”
DISC proposed front elevation
The Satellite Applications Catapult is pleased to announce the first ever acquisition of an additive manufacturing system for the benefit of the UK Space Sector. The new MetalFAB1 has been acquired as part of an investment from the Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership, through the Getting Building Fund, and will be installed at the Satellite Applications Catapult’s Disruptive Innovation for Space Centre (DISC) at Westcott Venture Park where it will be available for UK companies to use from July 2021.
To view a video showing the MetalFab1 Additive Manufacturing System in operation, click here