Newsletter signup

Complete details

Please enter your first name and last name below to complete your newsletter registration.

Loading
Newsletter Thank You

Thank you

Catapult Satellite Applications

Thank you for signing up to our newsletters.

You can unsubscribe at any time by contacting us at marketing@sa.catapult.org.uk

Welcome

Please enter your email address and postcode below.

Loading
Catapult Satellite Applications

+44 (0)1235 567999     info@sa.catapult.org.uk     Harwell Campus, OX11 0QR

Your information

Your information

Your details

Organisation details

Which facility are you interested in?

Your enquiry

Event confirmation

Newsletter Thank You

Thank you

Catapult Satellite Applications

Thank you for your enquiry.

Your request has been processed and you will receive a confirmation email shortly.

If you require immediate assistance, please don't hesitate in calling us on +44 (0)1235 567999.

    Details regarding the processing of your personal data can be found in our privacy policy.

Menu
Share this page

Our Story

The idea of Catapults traces back to a report published in 2010: The Current and Future Role of Technology and Innovation Centres in the UK, by Dr Hermann Hauser.  This report sought to explore the perennial poor performance of the UK in deriving industrial and economic benefits from our world-leading research institutions, when compared to other countries – often without such strong research assets.  It concluded that one cause was a missing piece of ‘translational infrastructure’ in the UK, which other countries had.  That piece of translational infrastructure we now call Catapults.

Satellite Applications was chosen as one of the first Catapults due to the potential that had been identified by the joint government/industry Space Innovation and Growth Strategy, also of 2010, and was launched in 2013. There are now nine Catapults supporting new industries around emerging technologies as diverse as Cell and Gene Therapies to Offshore Wind, all sitting at the interface between research and business, facilitating the commercialisation of new ideas as efficiently as possible.

Over the last seven years, the Satellite Applications Catapult has played a major role in the establishment and development of a vibrant space and satellite applications start-up ecosystem.  We now have an active and committed investor community and knowledgeable customers from government and across the private sector, all well versed in the economic opportunity that can be realised from space.  We have shown how a private company operating with a public purpose can function as effective ‘translational infrastructure’ and shape new industries by helping businesses overcome barriers to innovation.

Looking forward the UK is recognising the potential and importance of space as a vehicle to support international, security, economic growth, regional levelling up and sustainability objectives.  The government has recently demonstrated the strength of its commitment to the UK’s role in space through the creation of the national space council, and its participation in the purchase of OneWeb.

The Satellite Applications Catapult operates at the heart of the space community.  At the same time, we work with new customers for space data, from all parts of the economy, who might not think of space as being relevant to them. We are opening everyone’s eyes to the power of space, breaking down barriers, and accelerating the adoption of space-based solutions to address some of the world’s biggest challenges.

To innovate for a better world, empowered by space.

Stuart Martin, CEO


// Sign up for our newsletters

Keep up to date with our latest news, upcoming events and latest opportunities by signing up to our newsletters.