Westcott has a strong heritage in the space and aerospace industry, providing rocket engine test facilities for over 50 years. It has a long-established health and safety regulatory environment to support rocket test functions, which makes it ideal for testing other safety critical systems such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), eg, drones, and other autonomous ground vehicles.
There is a growing innovation community on site, stimulated by the investment by Reaction Engines developing their SABRE Engine Test Facility (TR1), investment in new rocket testing facilities by the UK Space Agency and European Space Agency, and the establishment of a Business Incubation Centre and Innovation Centre on site. These will stimulate new hi-tech businesses and jobs focused around novel propulsion systems for space and the development of UAVs to complement satellite infrastructure in fields such as agri-tech.
These initiatives are aimed to create a concentration of hi-tech, multidisciplinary skills in a centre which is well networked regionally, nationally and internationally for the business and academic community.