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February Satuccino

Thank you to everyone who attended the Satuccino on Wednesday 7 February. See below for the updates.

Catapult Update 1 – Westcott Business Incubation Centre, Heni Sanislova 

Henrieta Sanislova will be moving from her current role at the Catapult to become the Westcott Business Incubation Centre Manager. The new incubator is a Catapult initiative backed by ERDF and UKSA to support business focusing on propulsion, next generation resilient communication networks and autonomous systems, the site will support the development of new technologies and applications for high growth markets.

There will be a briefing event prior to Satuccino on 7 March for interested  companies – both small and large – working in the strategic areas mentioned above, academics and those interested in learning about the growth opportunities in these markets. For more information click here.

Catapult Update 2 – CORSAIR Project & Results Workshop, Terri Freemantle

The Satellite Applications Catapult is hosting a workshop to disseminate the results of the COSMO-SkyMed Radar Science and Innovation Research (CORSAIR) programme. The CORSAIR programme facilitated free access to the COSMO-SkyMed Synthethic Aperture Radar (SAR) data for Research and Development (R&D) purposes and was open to applications from UK Industry, Academia and Government. Click here to find out more.

Company Pitch 1 – IM Geospatial, Phil Cooper

IMGeospatial is a company focused on the use of machine learning technology , our technology (AIMEE) extracts data and features from satellite imagery and then deliver that Data as Service

The business is also able to provide Safe softwares FME products to Extract , Transform and Load data in all its formats, with 400 formats supported this offers an extremely comprehensive capability

The ability to great analytics from geospatial data lies at the heart of the business and with so much satellite, remote sensed, UAV and ground captured imagery being produced we need to innovate our thinking over hpw we consume, process and exploit that data. That is where IMGeospatial is working to provide software, solutions and Data as a Service.

Phil Cooper is now working for IM Geospatial as Chief Strategy Officer.

Contact: Phil Cooper

Company Pitch 2 – Viasat, Christopher Higgins

Viasat Inc. is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. We’re developing the ultimate communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people’s lives anywhere.
Chris Higgins of Viasat UK will introduce the audience to a new product under development at Viasat. There will be a briefing prior to the April Satuccino, keep an eye out for more details.

Click here for more information.

Company Pitch 3 – FrontM, Guillermo Acilu

We are a tech start-up who are helping businesses and people in isolated environments collaborate and take smarter decisions. Co-founded by Kiran Venkatesh, CEO and Guillermo Acilu, CTO – We carry a total of 20+ years of experience solving problems in the satellite connectivity ecosystem. We are a strong team of 10 engineers and 6 advisors.

FrontM is Distributing AI to the edge to address use cases ranging from sustainable fisheries (where using ML we detect catch compliance), to smarter maritime operations (where we provide predictive collision alerting to small boats), to next-gen in-flight passenger onboard experiences (where our Chatbots that even work offline provide self-serve). Our early customers include leading satellite connectivity providers and hardware manufacturers.

We are looking for customers, partnerships and leads to VCs.

Contact: Guillermo Acilu

Company Pitch 4 – Nicofe Materials (formerly Ed Fagan), Gayle Davie

We supply premium quality, high specification metals, alloys and components that enable leading-edge applications in sectors such as aerospace, defence, electronics and automotive.

Working with longstanding partners like Ed Fagan, customers rely on our professional approach and supply chain integrity for the delivery of difficult-to-source materials that are of a consistently high standard and fully traceable.

We also have a deep understanding of our alloys, how they manufactured , Heat treated and how they will perform in situ. These including Kovar, Invar and Alloy 42, Hiperco 50, Molybdenum, Tungsten.  We now have a hard-earned reputation for providing the most knowledgeable technical support in the business.

Contact: Gayle Davie

Extra Shot Pitch 1 – University of Cambridge, Hector A. Orgeno

TwoRains is an ERC-funded project based at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research of the University of Cambridge aiming to investigate the nature of human adaptation to the changing environmental conditions. In order to do so they have employed satellite imagery and data to map relict rivers and ancient settlements. However, their features of interest and study area presents important obstacles to traditional satellite-based approaches:

  1. Relict river channels are not visible today and ancient settlements have been flattened and hidden by the modern agricultural use of the area.
  2. The study area includes the modern states of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan more than 90,000 km2 with important differences in geomorphology, climate and land-use.
  3. This area has been object of important large-scale modifications, including a extensive network of irrigation channels, which obscures the trace of subsurface features.

In order to overcome these problems we have adopted a multi-temporal, multi-source approach, which employs nearly forty years of multispectral satellite data, Synthetic Aperture Radar and the new TanDEM-X high-resolution near-global topography. All these data, has been treated using three algorithms:

  1. Seasonal Multi-Temporal Vegetation Indices (SMTVI) and other seasonal mutlitemporal approaches based on spectral decomposition techniques (see open access paper and code  – available here)
  2. Multi-Scale Relief Model (MSRM), which is capable to highlight micro-reliefs of variable size (see open access paper and code – available here)
  3. Multi-temporal, multi-source, machine learning algorithm for the identification of archaeological sites. Still in development but the results of initial tests show promising results.

Extra Shot Pitch 2 – Satavia, Dr Adam Durant

Digital Environmental Intelligence for Safer, Smarter Aviation.

Satavia Ltd. is a Cambridge, UK-based company that offers aircraft engine manufacturers and airlines digital environmental intelligence on atmospheric contaminants to improve the safety, performance and operating costs of aviation.

Environmental factors in the atmosphere, like dust, sulphur, ice, and volcanic ash, accelerate wear of aircraft components and unscheduled maintenance costs the industry £billions each year. Aircraft operators, manufacturers and maintenance repair organisations now increasingly share maintenance liability through ‘power-by-the-hour’ services for the lifetime of the aircraft. Satavia’s cloud-based digital intelligence platform uses big data and advanced analytics to track the exposure of any aircraft, anywhere in the world, to contaminants during flight.

Satavia ranked in the 2017 Tällt Ventures Disrupt 100 list and has recently won over £1m grant funding from the Aerospace Technology Institute and £100k from Innovate UK Emerging and Enabling Technologies Round 2.

Extra Shot Pitch 3 – CamRosh LtD, Dr Pantea Lotfian

Camrosh is a strategic consultancy with a strong background in technology and innovation. Our Discover – Anticipate – Execute approach enables our clients to explore technologies, markets and opportunities; anticipate future scenarios; make decisions and implement them with confidence.

We have a core team of associates mainly technology specialists with backgrounds in various disciplines who bring their expertise together to provide a strategic approach to creating context, insight and connections for our clients. Together we have decades’ worth of experience working across multiple industries, including energy, chemicals, agriculture, automotive, engineering, pharmaceuticals, biotech, medical devices, food & beverage, and cosmetics. Our network extends beyond our core team, including innovators, entrepreneurs, university professors and researchers who bring a global diversity of perspective to our work, keeping it at the forefront of new ideas, technologies and practices

Extra Shot Pitch 4 – British Antarctic Survey/Polar View Earth Obs Ltd, Andrew Fleming

Polar View is the world’s leading organization for the provision of operational, satellite-based monitoring of the polar regions and the cryosphere.

Cluster Pitch 1 – SPIN placements, Kathie Bowden, UKSA

The UK Space Agency and the Satellite Applications Catapult will be supporting SPIN (Space Placements in Industry) again in 2018. The objective of the scheme, which is now entering its 6th year, is to link enthusiastic and motivated students with space sector organisations where they can undertake a paid project placement. From a host perspective this enables you to get something done that your busy staff can’t do as part of the ‘day job’ and potentially provides you with an informal try out situation of someone who you might want to recruit in the longer term. From the student’s perspective, they will gain insights into a real working environment, add to their skill set, and quite probably learn more about the context of the subjects that they’re studying, plus of course adding something positive to their CV.

SPIN projects are typically of about 8 weeks duration (although they can be longer) during the summer, and can cover anything as long as it’s space related.  It’s up to you to determine the skills and background you’re looking for depending on the project. In the past we’ve had Business students doing market studies, Animation students developing web materials and Computer Science students developing software that was embedded into products, as well as the more obvious Engineers working on Cubesats and Robots or Physicists and Geographers working on Flooding projects. It is expected that the student (accompanied by you) will attend an Induction Day at the Catapult (27 June) where they’ll learn more about the breadth and depth of the sector, and that they will present a brief elevator pitch and Poster about their project at a Showcase event in the autumn (date tbd).

If you’d like to discuss an idea or find out more, please do contact Kathie, or check out the FAQs on the website.

It is highly likely that there will be funding to support the applicants salary costs for SMEs, universities, charities, not-for-profits or government agencies within the space sector – if you’d like to learn more about this please contact me directly, or keep an eye out for the AO.

Cluster Pitch 2 – E&E Round 4 competition, Maria Kalama, Innovate UK

The Emerging and Enabling Technologies competition is currently open and closes end of March. All satellite applications are eligible: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/93/overview

Anything related to the Connected Vehicle might also be eligible for one of the below:

Connected and autonomous vehicles simulation: collaborative R&D

SBRI: roads for the future for connected and autonomous vehicles

We also oversee some parts of the ESA ARTES budget (on Satcoms) together with the UK Space agency, which is always open. If you would like to discuss your idea or find out more please contact Maria Kalama.

Cluster Pitch 3 – Rasters Revealed 2018 conference, Alastair Graham – Director, Geoger Ltd

Rasters Revealed is a one-day conference about the use of raster datasets. Many conferences are themed around specific market sectors, and end up presenting on very similar topics. This meeting seeks to do something a little different!

The conference uses raster data as a common thread around which to share knowledge and experience of data generation, management, dissemination and processing methods, all of which are applied and required across the large range of market sectors and disciplines (commercial and academic) that utilise raster datasets.

The meeting focuses on sharing experiences of using these data and will highlight areas where disciplines could learn from each other to make processing, management and data use more efficient. The attendees will hear about potentially new methods and techniques, and will have the opportunity to make new contacts.

Click here for more information.

North East Conference

This year’s conference focuses on highlighting the business opportunities that exist for developing data-led satellite applications to solve industry challenges.

Organised on behalf of the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence, this year’s event is the Fourth in a series of annual gatherings which focus on some of the key challenges facing the sector. Join us to identify and discuss the real business opportunities from a range of key service providers and end users.

Date: Thursday 22 March 2018

Venue: Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham, DH1 1TD

Click here for agenda and registration.

Sensors and Measurement for Agricultural Applications

The Satellite Applications Catapult, alongside The National Centre for Precision Farming at Harper Adams University, are holding a workshop that will seek to introduce and launch an interest group that can assist in unraveling the complexities within farming, and reveal incentives for engagement and routes to profitability through greater attention to sensing and quality-assured measurement.

Click here for more information.

Institute of Environmental Analytics – Big Data course

The IEA is offering a Big Data & Environment FREE online course starting on 5 March exploring the potential benefits of environmental big data.

From weather fluctuations to the spread of an invasive species, what problems can scientists address by analysing these vast data collections? What are the potential benefits for business, research and our daily lives?

Find out about possible career paths and gain insights from industry experts and research scientists working on a range of current projects. From urban planning to monitoring wildlife, explore the complexities of managing and analysing big data to seek innovative solutions.

Click here for more info and to register.

Next Satuccino

The next Satuccino will be held on Wednesday 7 March, at 14:30. Click here to register.

Pre-Satuccino briefing – Opportunities in Westcott at 11:30am – 2:30pm. Click here to register.

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