The National Satellite Test Facility (NSTF) specialises in the testing and validation of space systems and technologies. They provide a wide range of testing services and expertise to support the space industry from their base in Didcot, Oxfordshire.
As the UK’s first comprehensive set of space test facilities at this scale, the NSTF will enable the UK industry to build bigger, more technologically advanced satellites, test them in the UK, and become a world-leader in space technologies for decades to come. So with all this, and hundreds of millions of pounds at stake, NSTF needed state-of-the-art, electrically clean environments for accurate and comprehensive satellite test capabilities.
Having already delivered an M&E installation on the prestigious Mars Rover Project, Thomas Halliwell were trusted by Bassaire, a specialist in cleanroom installations, and contracted to do the full M&E fit out and deliver excellence for NSTF.
The facility featured cutting-edge space technologies, including huge cleans rooms for large satellite preparation and solar array deployment, measuring centre of gravity and moments of inertia, vibration and pyro-shock testing, acoustic testing, electromagnetic compatibility and antenna testing, and a large space test chamber to simulate the vacuum and thermal conditions in space.