The Space Crafter

Bringing the skies to you

UK Astronomy's 'Space Crafter' is ready for lift off!

UK Astronomy is hoping to inspire more communities to explore the skies with the help of its fully kitted out vehicle. The van, a Volkswagen Crafter – affectionately named the Space Crafter, was purchased as a result of a generous donation from Persimmon Homes. After visiting various different dealers and carrying out extensive research into the different types of vans that were available, UK Astronomy made the decision to purchase the Volkswagen Crafter as it had the right dimensions and fitted into the budget.

Ross visited Brian Currie Vans in Milton Keynes and thanks to his powers of persuasion, they jumped at the chance to support a local charity with an innovative project. They discounted over £7,000 from the cost price, meaning that your donations will now go even further!

With the Space Crafter, we are able to host stargazing evenings in the local area and once lockdown guidance relaxes further, educational events with the National Trust, Parks Trust, local councils, and schools. It will allow the charity to travel far and wide with specialist stargazing equipment.

We can’t thank Persimmon Homes and Brian Currie Vans enough for their generosity, enabling us to purchase a brand-new van in which we can fit all our telescopes and equipment in one place. This makes transportation and set up of our events much easier – enabling us to bring the skies to you. Now we are looking forward to inspiring even more children and adults to look up at the stars and learn about the amazing universe.

We would also like to thank everyone else who supports us. We have been blown away by all the support we have had and cannot thank everyone enough for believing in us. It is down to you all that we have grown from one man in a field to a registered charity with over 22,000 members.

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Meet the Team
Meet the founders and dedicated team of volunteers that make up our fantastic organisation.

Discover how they got started in astronomy, their passion for the stars and their achievements.
What we do
UK Astronomy provide educational workshops that excite and inspire others to learn about space.

We work with schools, community groups like scouts, guides, rotary groups and WI, other charities, and businesses. We can tailor a workshop session to suit your needs.
How you can support us
As with all charities, we are always in need of help and support. There are many ways that you can help us to ensure we can continue to offer events and to secure the future of our outreach program.