SpaceUp Leicester 2018 would not be possible without the following organisations:


Printech Circuit Laboratories (PCL) was founded in 1980 and has continually evolved as a technology driven company, offering real solutions and close working relationships with many start-up companies, leading OEM’s and other technology driven companies throughout the world.

PCL continues to broaden its technology portfolio in the demanding and ever changing environment of today’s electronic market place. We offer our customers the ability and resources to support the advanced technology needs of the Aerospace, Defence, Telecommunications, Industrial and Medical market places.

PCL manufactures all types of printed wiring from conventional through to complex M/Ls and Flex rigids as well as all types of Microwave and Metal Backed boards. Standard finishes include tin, tin-lead, electro-plated nickel, electro-plated gold both hard and soft pure gold, and hard gold for edge connectors.

Other finishes include electroless nickel, electroless nickel/immersion gold (ENIG) and immersion silver. We process materials from 0.03mm up to 10mm in thickness and up to 1.2 metre in length, but larger on request.

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HE Space Operations is a thriving privately owned company specialised in personnel recruitment exclusively for space agencies and the space industry. HE Space Operations is international, with offices in the Netherlands (Noordwijk), Germany (Bremen and Darmstadt) and the USA (Houston).

HE Space Operations is a significant manpower supplier to European space programmes bringing together more than 200 professionals from Europe and beyond (32 nationalities).

HE Space has concentrated its activities on supplying space experts to ESA, to EUMETSAT and to the European space industry. Our industry customers include Airbus Defence & Space, ArianeGroup, OHB Systems, DLR GfR, Thales Alenia, STI Space Tech and Mynaric. Our staff have made significant contributions to many of Europe’s most exciting space projects.

As a result of the excellent support provided to both customers and employees HE Space Operations has grown by 300% over the past six years. In recognition of our service we have been awarded the EADS Astrium Master Supplier Award and the Cultural Diversity Award. In 2014, HE Space won the German Corporate Social Responsibility Award for Gender Diversity.

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Open Cosmos provides simple and affordable small satellite missions to help solve the world’s biggest challenges, enabling organisations from across a wide range of industries to use space technologies as a tool. Open Cosmos removes space access barriers by simplifying space technology, offering a one-stop-shop to orbit, reducing time and cost. Open Cosmos offers constellation services, in-orbit demonstration services, payload development and qualification services.

Three years ago, Open Cosmos was created and set up in the UK at the Harwell Space Cluster, right at the European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre. It has now grown to 30+ employees, with a fully-functional laboratory set up with a clean room to build the satellites. Open Cosmos raised US$7 million in a Series A round of funding and is looking to expand the team and capture the best talent.

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The International Space University develops the future leaders of the world space community by providing interdisciplinary educational programs to students and space professionals in an international, intercultural environment. ISU specialises in providing graduate-level training to the future leaders of the emerging global space community at its Central Campus in Strasbourg, France, and at locations around the world.

In its two-month Space Studies Program and one-year Master program, ISU offers its students a unique Core Curriculum covering all disciplines related to space programs and enterprises, space science, space engineering, systems engineering, space policy and law, business and management, and space and society. Both programs also involve an intense student research Team Project providing international graduate students and young space professionals the opportunity to solve complex problems by working together in an intercultural environment.

Since its founding in 1987, ISU has graduated more than 4600 students from over 107 countries. Together with hundreds of ISU faculty and lecturers from around the world, ISU alumni comprise an extremely effective network of space professionals and leaders that actively facilitates individual career growth, professional activities and international space cooperation.

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Design & Data GmbH is an award-winning crossmedia agency specialised in science communication and outreach solutions for science domains in general and the space sector in particular. Our services are designed around our customer’s needs. We help to increase the visibility towards various target audiences including stakeholders, investors, employees, media and the general public.

We produce striking content marketing and crossmedia concepts and turn these into highly-polished visual products using any desired form of media such as video production, web development, animations, live streaming, social media and print production.

Since its founding in 2011, Design & Data has become an award-winning company in the domain of marketing, communication, creativity and media, having won the FastForward web video award, the EuroPAWS Award for “New Media” and the Communicator Awards by the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts. These recognise our work for production of the online-video cartoon series “Once Upon A Time…Rosetta”​ and the microsite “10 Years on Mars Express”​.

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The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), founded in 1820, encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science.

ESO, the European Southern Observatory, is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world’s most productive astronomical observatory.

The Leicester Astronomical Society meets at 7.30pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of most months at the National Space Centre, Leicester. They are a friendly group whose members have a wide range of expertise. In addition to the Tuesday evening meetings, observing sessions are held on some Saturdays when conditions permit.

Leicester Startups is a community for existing & aspiring entrepreneurs as well as supporting businesses and organisations.


R&R Space Ltd – Formed by two space enthusiasts and aspiring entrepreneurs, Ryan Laird and Ryan Bradley-Evans, R&R Space is an events organiser focused on space entrepreneurship, which seeks to break down the formal barriers of entering the space industry, inspiring non-space groups into utilising space applications to help foster innovation.