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Workspace and Laboratories

A space to grow

We welcome innovative space and space-enabled businesses who want to become a part of our community who are changing the world for the better. We provide a flexible offering to suit your needs, from hot-desks to long-term office leases  

Partners at Space Park Leicester will have access to communal spaces and premium services, such as our concurrent design facility and conferencing spaces. We have a range of state-of-the-art laboratories and workshops dedicated to research and development. You’ll also have invaluable opportunity to network and collaborate with other like-minded businesses, academics and students.

To find out more about our co-working, office and lab spaces, please contact locate@space-park.co.uk

Laboratories and workshops

Phase 1: Opening Summer 2021
Air Quality and Atmospheric Measurement Laboratory

This lab will be for non-cleanroom standard optical system bread boarding and alignment. Adjusting and modifying remote sensing instruments of various sizes. Optical tables will be present for proof of concept testing of optical measurements including spectroscopy. Businesses will also have the opportunity to commission testing of atmospheric sensors, testing of air treatment technology and prototyping of remote sensor optical systems.

Fourier Transform Spectrometer (FTS) Room

The SPectroscopy for ENvironmental SEnsing Research (SPENSER) lab will provide spectroscopic measurements for satellite remote sensing of the Earth’s atmosphere.

Instrument Development Laboratory

For the development of instrumentation, hardware and early prototyping – general sensor development, thermal calibrations of radiometers with 3D printing capabilities.

Calibration Laboratory

This lab will enable joint research with industry.  For R&D purposes, businesses can commission optical calibrations of spectrometers and characterisation of lasers and detectors in UV-VIS-NIR-IR, and thermal calibration of radiometers.  It will enable the testing of client sensors with small volumes of exotic gases – it can be used as a dark room with moderate thermal stability for radiometric calibration, and has specialist gas handling capability.

Rooftop Laboratory

The outdoor rooftop observatory contains remote and in-situ atmospheric instruments.  It will allow for the setup, maintenance and calibration of instruments with power and gas line connectivity between the lab and observatory – offering remote and in situ and sensor gas calibration, and real-time data displays from rooftop instruments.  It has a unique capability for working on outdoor rooftop prototypes with close support of instrument workshops and close proximity indoor data feeds. Setup, testing, troubleshooting and deployment of new outdoor in situ and remote sensing equipment.

Flexi-Lab

Use state of the art laboratory space for research and product development in conjunction for joint and solo industry projects. It will be closely linked to the Concurrent Design Facility to allow ad-hoc prototyping and visualisation requirements. This flexible space can be utilised for computer/hardware hackathon activities.

Concurrent Design Facility

This facility is designed for concurrent design of hardware and-or software, for the space or any other sector. The CDF may be thought of as a 21st century digital drawing board, and offers flexibility to allow interactive working both on-site and remotely. CDF dovetails with the proto-typing capabilities in the Flexi-Lab, allowing end-to-end design and development.

Lecture Theatre

A flexible, state-of-the-art lecture theatre – either one large space, or can be divided in to two separate theatres – offering high-tech facilities including an interactive touch-screen video-wall to allow interactive, real-time, data visualisation and exploration.

Phase II (Opening Autumn 2021)
Pop Up Laboratory (METEOR)

This state-of-the-art lab is a flexible space with power, data and other services designed for use by industry or in collaboration with university academics and researchers.

AR/VR Cave

A high-tech lab space for collaborative work, or stand-alone industrial use on Virtual and Augmented Reality. This facility provides a darkened area where Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality systems) may be tested both scientific and industrial projects.

Dark Laboratory

This lab will be used to provide a dark environment for optical calibration of instruments, sub systems and equipment. This research will span a wide-range of the collaborative research at Space Park Leicester.

Wolfson Laboratory

This lab will see research and product development, with University of Leicester academics and researchers, industry and other organisations. Here the use of Space 4.0 techniques including payloads hosted on spacecraft designed for commercial use and Cubesats in deep space exploration (Moon, planets, deep space) will be examined.

Space Research Laboratory 1

Along with test facilities, this scientific research lab will support both basic science and projects with space agencies, industry and other organisations.

Space Research Laboratory 2

Along with test facilities, this scientific research lab will support both basic science and projects with space agencies, industry and other organisations.

Space Research Laboratory 3

Along with test facilities, this scientific research lab will support both basic science and projects with space agencies, industry and other organisations.

Clean Room

Use a cleanroom environment for research and products. This an ultra-clean and static-free area for use in assembly of instruments, spacecraft and components.

Mechanical Workshop

This high-tech workshop will be used for the manufacture of components for research work, lab facilities and projects. This work spans whole range of research and collaboration at Space Park Leicester.

Electronics Workshop

In conjunction with University of Leicester academics and researchers, this workshop will allow for the manufacture of electronics for research work, lab facilities and projects.  This work spans whole range of research and collaboration at Space Park Leicester.

Hazardous Chemistry Lab

Conduct hazardous chemical processing on site. This lab will be used for hazardous chemical processes in any area of Space Park Leicester research, including the use of open liquid based radioactive sources used in medical imaging.  Other uses include powder sintering and chemical dissolution.

Drone Lab

Lab space for collaborative work on drone based aircraft – the cave will act as both a ‘garage’ for EOS drones and a small laboratory for developing and testing instruments to be flown on the drones. It has an outside door and area from which drones can be launched as needed.

Model Workshop

This space will allow small mechanical jobs on equipment and components. It will house tools and machines for small item manufacture and alteration in support of other areas of work within Space Park Leicester.

Metrology Lab

Conduct Metrology of Components – This room will provide a thermal stable environment < ±2C for measurement of components and will house a Computer Measurement Machine to allow measurement of dimensions to an accuracy of a few microns (10-6m).

Find out more

To find out more about our co-working, office and lab spaces, please contact locate@space-park.co.uk