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Arundal Astronautics sets up in Torquay

13th April 2016

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Arundal Astronautics Ltd, an engineering company that specialises in design solutions for spacecraft systems, has based in Torquay.

The company has three focus areas: research and development in spacecraft engineering, engineering contracting and training, and education of space science and astronomy.

Richard James Arundal, Director of Arundal Astronautics Ltd, said: “Torbay is well known for being an area of technology expertise and it is an excellent opportunity to further bring together the engineering community and strengthen bonds with the wider space industry.”

“Although there are local companies working within the space industry, they provide components or individual systems for other spacecraft missions. It is the hope of Arundal Astronautics that specialised spacecraft design and research will be conducted here, forming collaborations with local companies and academic institutes to help achieve this.”

Arundal Astronautics will run information days and lectures to educate participants of current space engineering and science news, promote STEM subjects in local educational institutes, as well as providing training and networking opportunities for future engineers.

Engineering contracts are currently conducted by Richard, who is a qualified engineer of 14 years. Richard looks to provide a service that gives independent expertise in engineering, science and technology to a variety of disciplines primarily in the aerospace industry.

Richard has experience in engineering, military and aerospace environments, combined with a BSc in Technology and an MSc in Astronautics and Space Engineering. Richard is also currently researching with the Space Research Centre at Cranfield University, Milton Keynes.

Heather Burton, Centre Co-ordinator at Lymington Road Innovation Centre, said: “Richard’s business shares objectives with a number of initiatives that the TDA work on across the region. The MADE Pilot project, which focuses on engaging children in engineering, and Hi Tech Forum both support this key sector in South Devon.

“The centre is host to a range of businesses and being based here gives Richard the opportunity to be situated in the heart of a business community with a common goal. Tenants enjoy the flexible 24 hour access to the centre and free one-to-one business support, workshops and events are available.”

With funding through the Start and Grow initiative, TDA has supported Arundal Astronautics with the start up of the business and will continue to support the company for the next three years as the business grows.

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