For over 50 years, Westcott has been home to the UK’s rocket propulsion companies who operate high-tech test cells and other test and development equipment on site.
Westcott offers many advantages to other centres, particularly for the development of mobile applications. Westcott provides a secure, controlled environment with 650-acres of open space available within the estate.
The expanding Space Cluster aims to attract established UK and international businesses to locate their operations at Westcott to take advantage of the innovative, multifaceted and entrepreneurial culture being created on-site, and develop links to other high-tech centres in Buckinghamshire such as Silverstone. It is developing the focus for the UK’s space propulsion R&D activities and will accelerate the translation of R&D into the industrial base, including green propellants to comply with new legislation.
There is a structured and focused specialist R&D support programme allowing carefully selected early-stage businesses to join the Westcott Business Incubation Centre who demonstrate high growth potential.
The Westcott BIC will utilise the experience of the Satellite Applications Catapult and its Centres of Excellence across the UK, its technical knowledge and understanding of space business and economics, as well as the excellent links to other communities such as venture capitalists, Knowledge Transfer Network and Innovate UK.
It is anticipated that incubating companies will grow and relocate to the future Westcott Innovation Centre that will become the hub and networking focal point for the Space Cluster.
In 2017, the UK Space Agency agreed to create a national rocket test centre at Westcott and alongside the European Space Agency, invest in new test facilities on site. This reflects the national importance of this work, creating an opportunity to build a world-leading space centre in a part of the country that is expanding its skill base and offering greater opportunities for the area.
The Space Cluster within the Westcott Park will help to exploit the business opportunities inherent in the emerging field of Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs), including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), by capitalising on parallel investments in instrumentation and communications infrastructure.