The Westcott Business Incubation Centre (BIC) is part of Westcott Space Cluster, located near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Our mission is to encourage the development of new companies working in the strategic growth areas of rocket propulsion, 5G communications, drones and other autonomous systems.
The Westcott BIC is funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and developed by the Satellite Applications Catapult, Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust and Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP).
The rapidly growing market for small low-cost satellites and satellite constellations is driving renewed interest in affordable launch systems and spacecraft propulsion. Companies developing technologies from full size rocket engines to micro-sized in-orbit propulsion and control will drive this new market, including the development of ‘green’ propellants. This requires greater capacity in specialist engineering, manufacturing and related capabilities, including chemistry, material science and thermal engineering.
5G networks are instrumental in delivering ubiquitous and ultra-high broadband infrastructure. Through the integration of satellite and terrestrial networks, seamless connectivity has the potential to help support the delivery of information in numerous industries and services around the world. Access to the latest generation of networking equipment and expertise at Westcott allows companies to rapidly prototype and commission new services and applications, under representative real-world conditions ahead of market rollout.
Drones make use of satellite navigation, communications systems and space instrumentation and are increasingly being used for asset monitoring, logistics and agriculture. A major focus at Westcott is developing the safe and robust operation of drones and other autonomous systems, particularly under Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) conditions.