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GRAVITY Challenge Innovator Briefing

22 July - 2pm

Thank you to everyone who attended our GRAVITY Challenge Innovator Briefing, in collaboration with Deloitte and AWS, on 22 July.

During the event we covered the following:

  • Overview of GRAVITY Challenge and Deloitte Space
  • GRAVITY Challenge delivery partners
  • Benefits for Innovators
  • GRAVITY Challenge Sectors and Challenges
  • What does Innovator involvement in GRAVITY Challenge look like?
  • Next steps and registration

If you were unable to attend, or would just like to catch up on anything you might have missed, please click here to watch the event recording.

An introduction to the GRAVITY Challenge

The GRAVITY Challenge is an international technology innovation program that brings together Challenge providers (corporates, government agencies and other businesses) and Innovators (entrepreneurs, RTO’s, universities, start-ups and SMEs) to collaborate and create solutions to some of business and society’s biggest challenge using space data and space capability.

GRAVITY Challenge 02 is an opportunity for bilateral engagement between Australian and the UK Innovators and Challenge providers to gain visibility and access to international end users, customers and collaborators.

In 2020 UK and Australian Innovators will be able to put forward concepts and solutions for development with Australian and UK Challenge providers. Innovators can register as an independent team or in collaboration with other innovators (both Australian and UK) to create new solutions, regardless of geographic location.

Q&A

Below you will find a series of questions from the Innovator Briefing, answered by the panel.

Q: Are there team members at sat com to discuss integration even at a concept stage?

A: The Gravity Challenge programme revolves around the setting of challenges set by the Challenge Providers for Innovators to solve. There will be support available to learn about these challenges and additional support in the form of webinars from SMEs. Register for the GRAVITY 02 Launch Event taking place on Monday 3 August 2020 to find out more about the full programme. Register your attendance here.

Q: Mining is already fully automated from drill to blast to haul to processing and this is all tracked in real time, is there more to what the challange is looking for here on the resources side? is the challenge coming from industry?

A: All challenges in the Gravity Challenge programme have been put forward by industry. Whilst the mining sector, in some areas, has high degrees of automation, it is not yet end to end and there are still some large challenges that Space technology can play a role in to support automation and other challenges.

Near real time tracking is highly dependent on the mine site, and the technologies most commonly used are not always reliable, accurate or precise enough for the required applications.

Furthermore, there are often data management considerations – through automation and robotics a much larger amount of data is being collected and often just discarded as operators often don’t know how to maximise its use. There may be opportunities for example to enhance existing edge network processing / capability with satellites for this data and incorporate other Satcomms enabled data or Geo-spatial intelligence to provide more value into mine procedures and processes from existing information.

This is just one example and an overview of the status of the industry. Ultimately the challenges will be set and backed by industry partners and could include requirement for Earth Observation, Geo-Spatial Intelligence and Satellite communications.

Q: Can you please tell us if there will be funding for quantum telecommunication project? We have been working on the problem of removing the randomness and classical channel from the present model of quantum entanglement. We now believe the true quantum telecommunication, (faster the light) comms, is possible.

A: This is an industry-led challenge programme and therefore any progression/funding towards the development of technology will be based on its suitability in addressing a problem. There is no limitation to the types of space-based technology that are applied so in principle if the quantum telecoms technology is applicable, commercially viable, and selected by the panel as the best solution to the industry challenge then the challenge provider may wish to progress its development further.

Q: We have been working with UK Space Agency, CompTIA and Australia Space Agency, we are a National Agency (Mexican) but working with Private Initiatives, can we couch them to apply to Gravity?

A: We welcome organisations supporting the Gravity Challenge. If your organisation is interested in developing a partnership with the Gravity Challenge, please email ajbird@deloitte.co.uk and include details on what you’re proposing.

Q: The slide with innovation examples, included Air Traffic Control, STEM Inspiration, and Life Science and Healthcare.
* Who can I contact to find out a more in-depth understanding of the challenges that are required to be solved?
* If I am aware of some of the challenges in those areas, do I just submit?

A: Register for the GRAVITY 02 Launch Event taking place on Monday 3 August 2020. This interactive virtual event will feature keynote space sector speakers, an announcement of the GRAVITY 02 Challenges, and an overview of the 12-week mission where you can find out how to submit. Register your attendance here.

Further, we welcome organisations supporting the Gravity Challenge. If your organisation is interested in developing a partnership with the Gravity Challenge separate from registering an innovator team, please email ajbird@deloitte.co.uk and include details on what you’re proposing.

Q: We are an Electronic Component services provider with more than 35 years experience in Space, and understanding the issues related to electronics components performance. We are ready to support Innovators and SMEs in the development of electronic products in this Gravity challenge. Components in Plastic, Metal ceramic, or developments for LASERs and Photonics. What challenges will there be for these types of technologies?

A: If you were to register to participate in the Gravity Challenge programme you would gain visibility of the challenge areas, access to the network and build a picture of the requirements for solutions. It would be up to each of the teams registered which suppliers/collaborators they wish to engage with to deliver/develop a solution. You can register as an innovator here – https://gravitychallenge.space/register.

Further, we welcome organisations supporting the Gravity Challenge. If your organisation is interested in developing a partnership with the Gravity Challenge separate from registering an innovator team, please email ajbird@deloitte.co.uk and include details on what you’re proposing.

Q: Is there an idea of how much funding would be available for this work? Or will it be challenge dictated?

A: It will be dependent upon challenges. It is dependent upon challenges – register for the GRAVITY 02 Launch Event taking place on Monday 3 August 2020 for an announcement of the GRAVITY 02 Challenges and how to take part. Register your attendance here.

Q: How many pilots were embarked upon from last year’s challenge?

A: Find out more about Gravity 01 at https://gravitychallenge.space/gravity-01

Q: Do you have to engage with the Afghanistan, who wish to make their careers in the space sector?

A: If you have an enquiry it can be addressed to ajbird@deloitte.co.uk

Q: Who do we talk to in Australia?

A: If you have an enquiry it can be addressed to ajbird@deloitte.co.uk

Q: Please can I ask for the amount of funds for the upcoming challenge?

A: It is dependent upon challenges – register for the GRAVITY 02 Launch Event taking place on Monday 3 August 2020 for an announcement of the GRAVITY 02 Challenges and how to take part. Register your attendance here.

Q: What about education connection between countries as a need to inspire the next generation, can this be included?

A: We are looking into providing an educational Gravity Challenge and will release more information on this in due course.


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