Who We Are

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent innovation and technology company, created by Innovate UK to drive economic growth through the exploitation of space. We work with businesses of all sizes to realise their potential from space infrastructure and its applications.

Based in Harwell, Oxfordshire, the Catapult was established in May 2013 as one of a network of centres to accelerate the take-up of emerging technologies and drive economic impact for the UK. We are a not-for-profit research organisation which is registered as a private company limited by guarantee and controlled by its Board. (Read more about the Governance of the Catapult.)

Our Role in the Space Sector

The world is in the early stages of a new digital revolution, with space technology increasingly at its heart. Satellites are critical infrastructure, as fundamental to the global economy as the energy grid or internet, and space is a UK success story. In 2016, the industry was worth £13.7bn, and working with the wider UK space community and the UK Space Agency we will help grow this to £40bn by 2030.

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