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Northern Ireland Space

Overview

NI Space is a regional space cluster that has been established to promote and support regional capabilities in both the national and international space sector. We facilitate meaningful knowledge exchange and develop collaborations with a wide range of stakeholders to maximise potential, drive economic growth and progress the space sector in Northern Ireland. The cluster is supported by the Northern Ireland Space Office (NISO) workings closely with InvestNI, the Regional Business development Agency, ADS the national Aerospace, Defence and Security trade association and the UK Space Agency to signpost opportunities for collaboration and commercial growth.

NISO supports the development of the regional space cluster on the international stage and provide an entry point for those interested in developing relations and opportunities with Northern Ireland stakeholders and actors and facilitate meaningful knowledge exchange. NISO facilitates dialog and collaboration between Northern Ireland based companies and institutions and potential commercial partners, end users and clients. See the Northern Ireland Space Office strategy document here.

Join the Northern Ireland Space Cluster Group in the Space Enterprise Community Platform here.

Key Contacts

Robert Hill

Organisation: Northern Ireland Space
Role: Cluster Development Manager

Kelly Murphy

Organisation: Invest NI
Role: Head of Space

Facilities & Assets

  • Andor Technology

  • Andor Technology in Belfast has a range of high-performance camera solutions for Astronomy, including single photon sensitivity.

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  • The Centre for Wireless Innovation at Queen’s University Belfast

  • The UK’s largest research, development and exploitation base in Physical Layer wireless, and is researching antenna designs for space applications.

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  • NI Cyber Security Centre

  • The NI Cyber Security Centre works to make Northern Ireland cyber safe, secure and resilient for its citizens and businesses.

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  • Design Smarter Digital Twin Centre

  • The Digital Twin Centre, led by Digital Catapult, will provide common, shared physical and digital infrastructure to support the development of digital twins, elements of which include common data architecture, tools, models, software, systems and hardware. The centre will initially focus in sectors including maritime, aerospace and defence but have the capability and plans to explore other sectors.

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  • Northern Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering Centre (NIACE)

  • Northern Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering Centre (NIACE) in Belfast – Ulster University (Composites Engineering and Advanced Metal Forming groups) is a joint partner with Queen’s University Belfast in the Northern Ireland Advanced ​​​Composites and Engineering Centre (NIACE). This industry led, university hosted centre is a technology hub for the research and development of advanced engineering and advanced materials technologies, particularly in the area of advanced composites technologies, across a range of industrial sectors.

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  • BRCD Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC)

  • BRCD Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC) funded by the Belfast Region City Deal, AMIC includes the Polymer Processing Research Centre

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  • Catalyst Belfast Innovation Centre

  • The Catalyst Belfast Innovation Centre is an epicentre of innovation in Northern Ireland providing everything that innovators and entrepreneurs need to reach higher and succeed faster – a home, a powerful community, enhanced by international networks of venture capital, and market development support.

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  • Thales Alenia Space Propulsion Competence Centre

  • Located at the Propulsion Integration Centre in Thales Belfast, and on Harwell’s Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire TAS teams design and build propulsion systems modules for Thales Alenia Space’s telecommunications satellites to keep them safely positioned in orbit. They also develop low cost, exportable, electric propulsion system for single satellites and constellations. Together, these teams are known as the Propulsion Centre of Competence for the whole of Thales Alenia Space JV.

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  • Resonate Testing Newry

  • Commercial test house for organisations in need of high quality testing and certification services. Resonate Testing has developed its own bespoke shock and pyroshock testing facility that can recreate the complex shocks that are experienced in the most extreme environments with a wide range of impact devices and shock transfer media.

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Partners & Academic Institutions

  • ADS Northern Ireland Space Special Interest Group (NISSIG)

  • NI companies and organisations with an interest in space.

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  • Invest NI

  • Regional Development Agency for Northern Ireland.

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  • Northern Ireland Space Leadership Council

  • Comprised of senior representatives from the leading prime organisations, SME’s, local government / public sector and academic stakeholders from both world class universities engaged in the space sector.

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  • Queen’s University Belfast

  • One of the UK’s leading research intensive universities

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Key Activities and Projects

  • UK Earth Observation for Sustainability Network (UK-EONS)

  • Northern Ireland Space is a supporter of a consortium of partners led by Space Hub Yorkshire hosting the Satellite Applications Catapult’s first pilot Connected Capabilities Network: the UK Earth Observation Network for Sustainability (UK-EONS). UK-EONS will advance the reach and impact of space data and technology across the UK with a focus on Earth Observation technology for sustainability challenges. UK-EONS will work with stakeholders across space and adjacent sectors, and host engagement events and activities to help catalyse collaboration and investment opportunities

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  • UK Autonomous and Connected Earth Network (UK-ACE network)

  • Northern Ireland Space is part of a consortium of partners led by Space Hub Yorkshire hosting the Satellite Applications Catapult’s a pilot Connected Capabilities Network: the Autonomous and Connected Earth Network (UK-ACE network) will advance the reach and impact of satellite data and space technology across the UK, emphasising the pivotal roles connectivity and autonomy applications play on Earth. The UK-ACE network will work with stakeholders across space and adjacent sectors by hosting engagement events and activities to help catalyse collaboration and investment opportunities using autonomy and connectivity technologies.

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  • Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and Seaweed farming and production: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Northern Ireland Space are leading a UK Space Agency-funded collaboration working with Space East and Space Wales. The project will provide knowledge exchange activities between public sector organisations, academia and SMEs in the areas of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and Seaweed farming and production.

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Technical Focus

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Market Focus

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