The Future AI and Robotics for Space (FAIR-SPACE) Hub brings together leading experts from academia, industry and governments, and aims at pushing the boundary of AI robotics for future space utilization and exploration. In the immediate term, the Hub will help advance knowledge and technologies in orbital manipulation, extra-terrestrial vehicles, and robotic support for astronaut missions. These directly address technical priorities in the space sector worldwide. In the long term, the Hub will help transfer the field to a new era by achieving long-lived robotic operations in space.




Govermental Funding Bodies:

Core research academic partners:

Partners from industry, research, commercial and governmental organisations:


  • Airbus Defence and Space
  • Thales Alenia Space UK Ltd
  • Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
  • BAE Systems
  • Horizon Space Technology Ltd
  • China Aerospace S&T Corp.
  • Intel Corporation UK Ltd
  • KUKA Robotics
  • R U Robotics
  • InTouch Health
  • Value Chain Technology Ltd
  • Gaitech Technology (HK) Ltd
  • Intelcomm Ltd
  • Network Rail
  • Schlumberger
  • Italian Institute of Technology
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • International Space University
  • STFC-Virtual Engineering Centre
  • STFC-Boulby Underground Laboratory
  • UK Space Agency
  • European Space Agency
  • NASA Johnson Space Centre,
  • Satellite Applications Catapult,
  • UK Atomic Energy Authority
  • Deepbridge Captial LLP


The FAIR-SPACE Hub is a UK national centre of research excellence in space robotics and AI. The Hub was launched in November 2017, as part of the government’s £84m R&D funding on “robotics and AI for extreme environments” through the Industry Strategic Challenge Fund (ISCF). In its initial 3-year programme, the Hub has secured a £6.9m research grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the UK Space Agency (UKSA), boosted by a further £7.5m match fund from the industrial sector and a £15m business development fund.

Led by the University of Surrey with over 30 international partners, the FAIR-SPACE Hub consortium offers a unique combination of expertise and capabilities to address key challenges in space robotics and autonomous systems, as well as to influence and engage with the wider community of academia, industry, government and the public. Surrey draws on four decades of R&D heritage in spacecraft engineering to lead the FAIR-SPACE Hub. Home to the Surrey Space Centre, the University had successfully developed and launched the world first university-led micro and nano spacecraft in the 1970-1990’s, and has continued to lead future trends on space research through real-world demonstration missions. Its STAR (Surrey Technology for Autonomous systems and Robotics) Lab has contributed to national and international space robotics missions such as MoonLITE, Moonraker, Proba3, ExoMars and Chang’E-3.

While primarily aimed at solving the technical barriers faced by the global space sector, the technologies developed by FAIR-SPACE also have applications in other industries where there is a need to navigate hazardous or challenging environments, such as nuclear, underwater, mining and agriculture.

*Header Images: Courtesy of NASA and ESA