Wales has an advanced academic sector that already supports the global space sector. The Wales Space Academic Partnership (WASP), provides a single voice and strategic pathway for its members (and therefore for Wales) and strengthens the goals of the UK National Technology Plan. This approach is supported by the Wales Aerospace Forum and the Welsh Government.
Space expertise includes, but is not limited to; space and planetary robotics, solar system physics, advance instrumentation, sensors and detectors, structures and advanced materials, propulsion, satellite system/instrumentation design and engineering, space photovoltaics, Earth Observation instrumentation, cryogenics, telecommunications, hydrogen research, optoelectronics and data visualisation solutions.
Wales also has a recognised cluster of optronics excellence in; communications, modern optics, electro optics, instrumentation, sensors, fibre optics, thin film coating, conventional optics and optical design, solar cells (photovoltaics), optical storage, displays, imaging, photonic material and holography.