An innovative leader in space engineering, GraviLab Aerospace Services Limited, has announced a world first for microgravity research and testing.
At the UAV test site, Predanock Airfield, Cornwall, the company successfully ushered in a new era of microgravity access on Earth by engineering the first commercial microgravity service using its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology.
Opening up the world of microgravity research to a new market, this revolutionary test will be commissioned by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership to support their ambition to drive innovation in the UK space industry and advance UK space and aerospace delivery. Services.
GravityLab’s UAV solution ascended to 2,000 feet and then released the payload in their patented ‘LOUIS’ drop-pod, achieving a period of microgravity – the first to generate a continuous microgravity environment using a UAV system.
Today’s development is a step toward transitioning testing across industries from cosmetics to satellites, enabling timely and cost-effective access to gravity-free environments.
Environments free from the effects of gravity offer superior research and testing conditions that have proven scientific and commercial benefits. Making microgravity more accessible allows GraviLab to offer unique R&D conditions to industries as diverse as pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, building materials, communications, spacetech and climate science.
“This is a fantastic collaborative achievement for GraviLab, the Cornwall Space Cluster and the UK space industry as a whole,” says Rob Adlard, CEO and Technical Director of GraviLab.
“The only option for Earth microgravity testing is to wait several years for access to a drop tower in Germany that can provide two seconds of microgravity. Our service can be delivered locally, is cost-effective, and as a result of our demonstration flight, we aim to provide 5 to 20 seconds of high-quality microgravity using our LOUIS UAV system. We have.
Gail Eastaugh, Director of the Cornwall Space Cluster: “We are thrilled to be able to support this world first achievement in microgravity testing from Cornwall. The Cornwall Space Cluster exists to unlock innovation in the space and aerospace sector, and companies like GravityLab are leading the way for the future of the industry.
GravityLab, which is currently in discussions with new investors, has so far received funding from the UK Space Agency and private equity. The company is committed to using its innovative technology to unlock the supply chain to support the inevitable growth of the space economy. Its ‘Space as a Service’ offering is at the heart of the UK’s space strategy and brings significant commercial benefits to a wide range of customers.
GravityLab: Annabel Clementson +447951786435 / [email protected]
Cornwall Space Cluster – Client Director, Georgia Jags, [email protected]
GraviLab Aerospace Services Ltd is an aerospace engineering company providing specialist research, testing and qualification services in the UK and internationally. GraviLab uses proprietary technology including hybrid powered suborbital rockets, drop pods and an innovative payload system to facilitate flexible access to special environments. It is in the process of completing its early development stages, has started rolling out its commercial services and is seeking funding to support break-even growth.
Trading since 2019, GravityLab has already crossed many milestones yet to be reached by more established space companies. These achievements include developing its own suborbital launch vehicles, building a bespoke in-house hybrid engine test facility and undertaking commercial atmospheric launches in the UK. The company’s intellectual property assets include rocket designs, propulsion systems, recovery systems, and a wealth of data and procedural insights. GravityLab has forged relationships with well-established organizations and institutions in the industry, including the UK’s lead space regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority and both the UK and European space agencies. It has built a pipeline of dozens of prospective clients across the commercial, defense and academic sectors in the UK and overseas.
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