The University of Leicester is pleased to announce that Airbus plans to relocate their Leicestershire-based Earth Observation expert team to Space Park Leicester when their current lease expires.

The Space Park is an ambitious initiative that will develop a global hub and collaborative community for businesses, researchers and academia based on space and space-enabled technologies. The high-tech offering is attracting interest from businesses around the world, and the news that Airbus plans to be part of the project should further encourage its development.

Edmund Burke, acting Vice Chancellor for the University of Leicester, said: “Space Park Leicester will be transformational for our University, City, region and the UK Space Industry. I am delighted that Airbus Intelligence, who have been a long-standing strategic partner, will locate to the Space Park. This will attract students to study in Leicester and, afterwards, to pursue their professional career here. It will also help unlock the predicted 2500 new jobs being created by the Space Park investment.”

Colin Paynter, UK Managing Director, Airbus Defence and Space Ltd, said: “Airbus has a long relationship with the University, collaborating on a range of activities. We hope to see a number of benefits from our involvement with the Space Park, from capturing research outputs which will seed our product and process innovation to increasing the scale and quality of researchers and talent in the EO & Data Analytics domain.”

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