Gravitilab Aerospace Services Ltd, an innovative leader in space engineering, has announced the world’s first space for microgravity research and testing.
At the UAV testing site, Predannack airfield, Cornwall, the company successfully pioneered a new era of microgravity access to Earth by engineering the first commercial microgravity service using its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology. Is.
This revolutionary test, which opens up the world of microgravity research to a new market, has been commissioned by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership to support their ambitions to drive innovation in the UK space industry, and UK Space. and worked to lead aerospace delivery. Services
Gravitilab’s UAV solution ascended to 2,000 feet and then released the payload inside its patented ‘LOUIS’ drop pod, achieving a period of microgravity – using the UAV system to create a sustainable microgravity environment. First world for
Today’s development is a step toward revolutionizing testing in all industries, from cosmetics to satellites, enabling timely and cost-effective access to zero-gravity environments.
Environments that are free from the effects of gravity offer excellent research and testing conditions that have proven scientific and commercial benefits. Making microgravity so accessible allows Gravitilab to offer unique R&D conditions for industries such as pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, construction materials, communications, space tech and climate science.
“This is a fantastic collaborative achievement for Gravitilab, the Cornwall Space Cluster, and the UK space industry as a whole,” says Rob Adlard, CEO and Technical Director of Gravitilab.
“So far the only option for terrestrial microgravity testing is to wait years for access to a drop tower in Germany, which provides two seconds of microgravity. Our service can be delivered locally, It is less expensive and as a result of our demonstration flight, we are on target to deliver high-quality microgravity for 5 to 20 seconds using our LOUIS UAV system.”
Gail Eastau, Director, Cornwall Space Cluster: “We are delighted to be able to support the success of this world first in microgravity testing from Cornwall. The Cornwall Space Cluster is a pioneer in innovation in the space and aerospace sector. and companies like Gravitilab are paving the way for the future of the industry.
Gravitilab, which is currently in talks with new investors, has been funded to date by the UK Space Agency and private capital. The company is committed to using its innovative technology to unlock the supply chain to support the inexorable growth of the space economy. Its ‘space as a service’ offering is at the heart of the UK space strategy and brings significant commercial benefits to a wide range of customers.
Gravitilab: Annabel Clementson +447951786435 / [email protected]
Cornwall Space Cluster – Client Director, Georgia Jags, [email protected]
Gravitilab Aerospace Services Ltd is an aerospace engineering company providing specialist research, testing and qualification services in the UK and internationally. Gravitilab uses proprietary technology including hybrid-powered suborbital rockets, drop pods and an advanced payload system to facilitate flexible access to specialized environments. It is in the process of completing its early development stages, starting to launch its commercial services, and seeking funding to support growth until break-even.
Trading since 2019, Gravitilab has already crossed many milestones not yet reached by more established space companies. These achievements include developing our fleet of sub-launch vehicles, building a dedicated in-house hybrid engine testing facility, and launching in a commercial environment in the UK. The company’s intellectual property assets include rocket designs, propulsion systems, recovery systems and a repository of data and procedural insights. Gravitilab has developed relationships with well-established institutions and bodies in the industry including the UK’s principal space regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority, and the UK and European Space Agencies. It has also built a pipeline of dozens of potential customers in the commercial, defense and academic sectors in the UK and abroad.
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