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Space cash boost for St Asaph technology hub

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Glyndwr University OpTIC, St Asaph - glyndwr.ac.uk

Glyndwr University OpTIC, St Asaph – glyndwr.ac.uk

A university’s technology hub in St Asaph has been given a funding boost to help the British space industry.

£50,000 will be spent by Glyndwr University’s OpTIC centre in the city’s Business Park to support and develop start-up companies. It’s one of five centres to receive grants from the UK Space Agency.

The funding, announced in Liverpool on Monday, is aimed at allowing the industry to grow in North Wales. Recently, the OpTIC centre marked its 10th anniversary by completing a project to create prototype mirrors for the E-ELT, the world’s largest telescope, based in Chile.

The centre’s director, Caroline Gray, said: “We are thrilled to have received this backing, which comes as we refocus the centre and build on our already strong reputation in the fields of high technology, optics and scientific research.”

Professor Graham Upton, said: “This is great news, and I would like to congratulate Caroline and her team for all of the hard work that went into this.”

“The centre has been revitalised in past months; it is perfectly placed to take advantage of this funding and is growing as a hub for innovation and pioneering engineering work. To have been chosen along with these other organisations is very encouraging and shows we are moving in the right direction.”

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