Membership

UKspace has a diverse corporate membership from manufacturers, distributors, satellite operators and developers through to both large and small-scale businesses related to the Upstream and Downstream sectors within the space industry.

The committees, working groups, and events provide members with opportunities to network, seek out business development opportunities, learn, influence markets and stakeholders and keep up-to-date with current, related developments.

With the rapid growth of this vibrant industry we also have a growing contingent of overseas members looking to do business in the UK.

View our member’s directory

UKspace Membership Criteria

Definition of the “Space” Sector

UKspace is the trade association for the UK space industry, a sector that includes:

1. Space systems including satellites, launch vehicles and associated ground systems
2. The use, application and exploitation of 1)
3. Activities on ground associated with 2)
4. Equipment, facilities, services and other activities associated with or in support of the above

Membership

Membership of UKspace is open to UK registered companies that:

  • Undertake in the UK R&D, manufacturing, service or consultancy activity in the space sector (as defined above)
  • Display a continuous commitment to the UK space industry and support collective efforts to grow the sector and contribute to UK economic activity
  • Are members of either ADS or techUK

The UKspace Executive reserves the right to recommend to Council that membership be withdrawn from any member company that in its judgment fails to adhere to the spirit of these criteria.

UK organisations owned by the public sector, Universities and the charity sector are eligible to be members providing they have Trading Fund status or its equivalent (e.g. companies limited by guarantee with independent directors), or can demonstrate that they expect to have it in the near future.

All membership requests are subject to approval by the UKspace Council.

SME Forum Membership Criteria

SMEs with a turnover of less than £4m which meet the business criteria above and wish to be part of the trade association are eligible to join the UKspace SME Forum. Forum members are not required to be members of ADS or techUK. The Forum delivers a range of networking and business development opportunities, and is supported by UKspace member companies and the Satellite Finance Network, working closely with the Satellite Applications Catapult.

Membership costs are modest and determined by company turnover, with a cap of £4M. The Forum is managed by the Secretary General on behalf of the Association.

Former Associate Members of UKspace have been incorporated into the SME Forum with ‘grandfather rights’ affecting sector committee membership.

View the list of current SME Forum members

UKspace Membership Benefits

Members can be introduced to industry, finance, government, and key contacts in Europe. Further benefits include networking at our industry events and access to technical support and advice.

How do I join UKspace?

Membership of UKspace is open to any company involved in the UK space business. All applications for membership are reviewed by the Executive and submitted to the Council Committee for approval.

The Executive Committee uses a banding system, based on turnover within the UK, to currently decide fees.

For further information about joining UKspace, please contact us.