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New test facility for UK Space Agency announced

14 July 2016

A National Propulsion Test Facility will be established at Aylesbury Vale by the UK Space Agency at a cost of £4.12m, it was announced earlier this week.

It will be located at Westcott Venture Park to provide a new UK facility for space technology testing, following the UK's previous success with the NASA Juno spacecraft engine.

The funding will see the creation and upgrade of a number of existing and new facilities, to allow UK companies and academia to test and develop space propulsion engines, according to the Bucks Herald.

The site has been established as a rocketry research facility for some time.

Funding will be facilitated through the UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council, with the RAL Space facility acting as an independent broker.

The project will also see the European Space Agency providing and advice and overseeing of the initial design phase, prior to full implementation in the autumn.

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