Westcott Venture Park has a strong heritage in the space and aerospace industry, having been a rocket engine test site for over 50 years. It has a long-established Health & Safety and regulatory environment to support its rocket test functions, which make it ideal for testing other safety critical systems such as UAVs or autonomous ground vehicles.
There is a growing innovation community on site, stimulated by planned investments in new rocket test facilities, a Business Incubation Centre, a 5G Step-Out Centre and Innovation Centre.
Situated in a picturesque rural area, the site receives very poor terrestrial coverage, which allows for testing of new infrastructure without the risk of causing interference to existing systems. The location also offers a significant variety of local geographical features that can be used to validate novel concepts of operation and operational technology.