Assets & Facilities

Companies operating in the North East space and satellite applications sectors can benefit from a wide range of facilities and assets to support their businesses growth and gain a competitive advantage in a global market.


Located in Durham, the North East Technology Park is one of the UK’s premier science, engineering and technology parks for the commercialisation of cutting-edge research and development by major international organisations, universities and entrepreneurs. NETPark features a new space incubator, funded by the UK Space Agency, which works with the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence to nurture start-up businesses and develop new technologies in these fields.

North East Space Hub

The North East Space Hub at NET Park, will be the epicentre for the sector and will be connected to a wider ecosystem of space facilities and networks. The ambitious project aims to provide the capabilities and facilities to enable businesses in the space and satellite sectors to innovate, thrive and scale-up.

North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence

The North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence is a consortium that includes all five universities in the region and other private and public sector partners. Funded by the Satellite Applications Catapult and the UK Space Agency, the centre stimulates and supports the space community in the region. 

The centre helps companies all of sizes to unlock opportunities to develop space technology and data. It offers one-to-one support, events, connections to potential investors and collaborators, and provides expertise in commercialisation. Its virtual team includes the European Space Agency Ambassador for the Midlands and North East and Northern Orbit – EEN services that can help find international suppliers and customers.

North East Space Skills & Technology Centre

The North East Space Skills and Technology Centre (NEEST) is a facility developed by Northumbria
University with investment from the UK Space Agency and the space and satellite division of industry giant Lockheed Martin. NESST will house world leading pace experts and unite industry with academia, to transform the UK space economy.

Companies locating in North East England will be in close proximity to NEEST and can collaborate with industry experts on innovative research and technological developments. NESST will be an anchor facility to catalyse development of the North East Space eco- system through industry and academic collaboration.

National Innovation Centre for Data

The £30 million National Innovation Centre for Data, based in The Catalyst building on Newcastle Helix, is a unique facility focused on accelerating innovation. It delivers key technical and practical data skills into organisations to improve business competitiveness and increase growth using digital data. 

Orbital Analyst Centre

The UK’s first and only centre, based in Durham and is managed by Northern Space and Security Ltd (NORSS), a specialist space awareness and surveillance company. The NORSS Orbital Analyst Hive (NOAH) works to identify, track and monitor the behaviour of objects in space.

NETPark, County Durham Premier Science and Innovation Park in North East England
NETPark, County Durham