Cornwall’s ambitions are to accelerate growth in the Space and Data sectors, and build on Cornwall’s strengths in related industries, such as mining and clean energy where the use of satellite data already adds significant value.

By the end of the decade, thanks to commercial and local Government investment, Cornwall will be the UK’s primary data communications and satellite operations centre for Government, commercial and academic led exploration and deep space missions, enhanced by the use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

By uniting industry, local Government and the knowledge base, Cornwall will be recognised as leaders in the national space programme through the harnessing of the physical, digital and intellectual assets in Cornwall, using satellite data to overcome local and global challenges.


The Space Placements in INdustry (SPIN) scheme provides placement opportunities for students considering employment in the space sector and connects space sector organisations who want to find the most talented and enthusiastic people to ensure the future success of their businesses. The scheme is managed by the UK Space Agency and supported by the Satellite Applications Catapult.

The value of practical experience in the workplace has long been recognised to give benefits to the student, providing valuable experience of the work environment and the skills that are crucial to a successful career, and benefits to the sponsor or host organisation who can identify a project that might otherwise not be achievable, carried out with a fresh pair of eyes, perhaps a fresh perspective and possibly provide an informal extended interview for a potential employee.

The scheme has been running since 2013 and continues to grow in popularity. We always encourage enquiries from potential host organisations who have a short-term project (typically of eight weeks duration), and who would like to offer students the opportunity to gain new skills and an insight into their business.

We welcome applications from registered students from any disciplines who are enthusiastic to work in the space sector and are keen to develop new skills, applying and building on the knowledge they’ve acquired in their studies to date.

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