WHAT WE DO

OUR MISSION

Our work in communications and connectivity opens up new potential for existing technologies, such as drones and autonomous vehicles. Through our research and development, Darwin aims to bring new opportunities to rural areas. We want to see how local communities thrive by using our services as a platform for even bigger and better things.

Our CAVs can switch seamlessly between satellite and 5G communications, allowing our control centres to track them no matter where they are. With this tracking technology we can keep the vehicles on schedule, find the most efficient route and respond quickly to unanticipated events.

The Darwin SatCom Lab in Harwell means our ideas aren’t just ideas; we have the facilities to test them and make sure they work.

OUR DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Our work is grounded on Earth, but we’re always looking up into space. Here are some of the things we’re doing as part of our research into 5G, satellite and CAV technology.

DARWIN SATCOM LAB

Launched in 2020, the Darwin SatCom Lab is the first space in the UK designed for testing driverless car technology. Learn more here.

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DARWIN AUTONOMOUS SHUTTLE

The Darwin Autonomous Shuttle is laying the road for self-driving vehicles in the UK. Take a ride on our autonomous shuttle service at Harwell.

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DARWIN DRONE LAB

The Darwin Drone Lab at Harwell lets us test and demonstrate drones in a controlled space. Take a look at our work with drones.

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ASTROPLANT

The AstroPlant project is a way for anyone to contribute to research on how to grow plants in space. Find out how Darwin is getting involved.

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