Industrial partners

Libertine FPE is a start-up formed in 2009 to develop technology in the automotive industries, consumer product engineering and low-cost manufacturing techniques. One result is a suite of ‘Linear Power System’ technologies for use in a wide range of power generation, heating, cooling and transport applications. In this project, Libertine will support knowledge transfer from space applications to ground applications.


Sustainable Engine Systems Ltd was founded in 1992 to develop engines based on the Stirling cycle. The realisation that the high potential efficiency of Stirling could be achieved by developing heat exchangers with higher surface to volume ratios led to the adoption of new, patented designs, based on Selective Laser Melting (SLM). In this project, Sustainable Engine Systems Ltd will support knowledge transfer from space thermal management to heat exchangers.


Kayser Space was founded in 1986 in Italy and has operated in the UK since 2015. It is one of the most important European companies in the space sector. Kayser Italia has participated in more than 50 space missions with over 80 payloads, all of them completed with full scientific, technical, economic and programmatic success. The staff consists of 50 high specialised engineers, with expertise in electronics, aeronautics, mechanics, thermodynamics, physics, computer science, optics and molecular biology.



Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)