UK Centre for Astrobiology

Space Missions

Members of the UKCA are involved with or lead a number of space missions. Current projects include:


Members of the UKCA contribute to instruments on the orbiter, lander and rover sections of the ESA's ExoMars programme.

Suborbital Microbiology

The UKCA is leading the development, with Kayser Space, of new microbial growth apparatus for suborbital and orbital experiments.


UKCA is the scientific coordinator of the European Space Agency (ESA) BioRock experiment to study microbe-mineral interactions on the International Space Station.


The current HI-SEAS crew in Hawaii has a representative from the UKCA.