The Satellite Applications Catapult is one of a network of UK technology and innovation companies which aim to drive economic growth through the commercialisation of research. Our aim is to support UK industry by accelerating the growth of satellite applications and to contribute to capturing a 10% share of the global space market predicted by 2030.
We are achieving this by exploiting the innovation potential in the UK industrial and academic communities, by being a focal point where small and medium enterprises, large industry and end users can work together with researchers to challenge barriers, explore and develop new ideas, and bring these to commercial reality.
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How can data from satellites track structural movement and give early warning of potential failure? New research shows that catastrophic bridge collapses could have been prevented if engineers had been paying attention to the right information, information that is currently being collected by satellites orbiting our planet.
In the latest episode of the Engineering Matters Podcast we’re discussing our latest project – BRIGITAL – which uses radar satellites to detect movement of infrastructure, such as bridges, to support maintenance and aid the prevention of damage. We speak to the engineers making this possible, and their terrestrial counterparts now tasked with figuring out how best to use this new perspective.
We focus on three themes across our targeted market areas:
For more information on our 2018-2023 strategy see the link below, and if you’d like to enquire about working with us get in touch below!
Since 2000, coordinated industry and government actions have trebled the size of the sector. With 6% annual growth and one third of our outputs exported, space now supports 14% of UK GDP – some £250bn.
The sector boasts productivity at 2.7 times the national average and is recognised as a vital element of UK economic growth. That growth ambition is to create a sector worth £40bn by 2030.
Read more about the combined space sector strategy in the 2018 Prosperity from Space document below.