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Catapult Updates

  • Catapult Update 1 – Danielle Baker-Wilson, Market Reports

‘Innovate UK funded the Catapult, in the frame of the Space Growth Partnership, to complete 35 Market reports looking at key opportunities for the UK Space Industry across a number of wide-ranging markets. These Market reports were outsourced to 20 consultants who were specialists in their respective fields and 63 potential opportunities for the space sector have been identified. The reports follow four themes: Monitor – topics to do with the environment, energy and transport management, Connect – topics to do with connectivity, Citizen Services – topics such as Future Cities, Gaming and AR, and Location Based Services, Space – Large Constellations, Launch Services, On-orbit servicing etc. These reports are currently being analysed and standardised and will hopefully made available to the industry within the next month.’

The IOD programme offers low cost missions to entities willing to demonstrate a service. 4 launches and platforms have been funded through an IUK grant for the Catapult to support aspiring service providers using satellites.

The programme is an open call with periodic reviews. The next deadline for the team to receive proposals for review is 14th July. If you have a mission and service in mind, please contact iod@sa.catapult.org.uk and the team will send you the appropriate templates with more precise information

The Small Satellite Market Intelligence update is a quarterly report that follows the fast growing interest in small satellites with the intention to make data on the sector free and accessible. This is a humble effort the Catapult is planning to repeat every quarter, together with ad-hoc reports on specific subjects.

Company Updates

Company Pitch 1 – SpaceKnow, Steve Frost

SpaceKnow specialises in automated analytics of satellite imagery for Defence and Business intelligence. Our service supports decision makers by providing data analytics.

Our service is unique in the imagery analytics space:

  • Access to multiple imagery providers in a single platform, including Digital Globe, Airbus and others – visualisation of historic imagery and new imagery as it’s released
  • Automated analysis, including:
    • Object detection and counting – cars, trucks, ships & aircraft (with more objects on our road-map). We can train the platform to look for new features specifically of interest to individual customers
    • Change detection
    • Land segmentation  – urban/developed, non-urban/vegetation and water areas (and more to come)
  • Service available through an API or our Online Analytics web platform, a user-friendly platform suitable for expert and non-expert staff. Take a look at our Beta version analytics web interface.

Company Pitch 2 – EARTH-i, Gareth Crisford

EARTH-i – unveils video constellation plans.

A British company headquartered in Guildford, and a member of the Catapult co-space in Harwell.

Well known as the Master Distributor for the DMC3 very high-resolution imaging satellites. Notable wins last year include imaging 2million square kilometres of the State of Queensland in 2016, which will be made available on the public portal the Queensland Globe, and to be repeated this year.

Our big news however is the recent unveiling of our plans to launch and operate our own constellation of imaging satellites. Ultimately able to revisit anywhere globally, multiple times a day the satellites will record still imagery and video, all at 1m detail. Our service demonstrator is in build right now at SSTL for an October launch this year, the first batch of production satellites in early 2019, and further batches after that in line with customer demand. The opportunities that daily multi-visits and video will inspire are exciting to explore and we are keen to work with partners to realise the full potential of this transformational British constellation.

There’s some more information here in our newsletter http://earthi.space/press/june-newsletter/, and we are presenting at the Catapult coffee morning next Wednesday 12th July at 10am, and happy to set up one to one meetings.

Gareth Crisford,  gareth.crisford@earthi.co.uk  www.earthi.space

Company Pitch 3 – Helix Technologies, Oliver Leisten

Helix Technologies is designing the next generation of compact telecommunications and GNSS antennas for M2M, IoT, autonomous vehicles and drone-delivery platforms.

The needs of next generation GNSS-enabled applications, such as M2M, IoT, driverless vehicles and drone-delivery platforms, will challenge the performance of incumbent technologies as these applications demand increasingly higher levels of positional accuracy, reliable operation in cluttered urban environments, increasing use of body-worn devices and downward pressure on the device size, weight and power (SWAP).

The dielectric-loaded, multi-filar, helix antenna, originally designed and patented by Helix Technologies’ Dr Oliver Leisten, addresses and overcomes all of these challenges and Helix Technologies believes that the most compelling next generation of GNSS antennas will be multi-frequency and based on this technology.

The driverless car market offers the most immediate and compelling opportunity for the application of dielectric-loaded, multi-filar helix antenna technology.  However  the technology lends itself to many demanding telecommunications and GNSS applications, such as M2M, IoT, drone-delivery platforms and both terrestrial and satellite personal communication systems – the performance of all of which will be enhanced by the use of this technology.

We are currently seeking to recruit an antenna designer to work at our office on the Harwell Campus. www.helixtechnologies.co.uk

Company Pitch 4 – KX Ltd

A leading provider of high-performance, time-series database technology, Kx Systems offers efficient and flexible tools for ultra-high-speed processing of real time and historical data. https://kx.com/

Company Pitch 5 – Huber and Suhner

Huber and Suhner is a leading experienced OEM established in 1864 providing RF and Microwave, Low Frequency and Fibre Optic and System Solutions. Renowned for providing reliable and high performance solutions we work closely with our customers to provide right solution for their applications, often designing technology enabling solutions through early engagement and collaborations. Huber and Suhner has also a long standing reputation for providing Space qualified innovative solutions.
We are at DSEI this year please feel free to pop along we are exhibiting on the Swiss Pavilion – stand number: S8-151, or alternatively please contact me for a discussion on how we can support your needs. www.hubersuhner.com

Cluster Updates

Cluster Pitch – South Coast Centre of Excellence, Ann Swift

The UK Space Incubator Network is comprised of a growing number of incubators dedicated to identifying and accelerating the growth of start-up and scale-ups that are leveraging space technology as a critical asset in their businesses. The Network is supported by the UK Space Agency.  The network has come together to provide the start-up space tech sector, both the ‘upstream’ and ‘downstream’, with the support, contacts, facilities and investment needed to ensure the UK competes on a global level. Collectively we have the resources, industry knowledge, access to specialist expertise, facilities and investment networks, to help boost your space tech business to the next level.

For more information of the different opportunities available to your business visit: setsquared.co.uk/Space_Inc

Cluster Pitch – Innovate UK, Catherine Holt

Horizon 2020 is providing the opportunity for non-academic organisations to host a fully funded post doctorate researcher to work on a research project of your choice.

The Horizon 2020 MSCA (Marie Sk?odowska-Curie actions) Individual Fellowships 2017 call is now open and has a deadline of 14 September 2017. There are a number of different panels that can be applied to as part of the scheme and non-academic hosts are eligible for all of them. However, in 2016 and 2017 a new pilot panel called ‘Society and Enterprise’ has been introduced and only non-academic organisations are eligible as hosts. There is an earmarked budget of €10 million for this panel and last year, 48 out of 130 proposals were supported.

The opportunity allows organisations to attract an experienced researcher (post-doctoral level onwards) from outside the UK to spend between 12 and 24 months fully funded, working at the host organisation on a research and innovation project. The call is bottom-up, so applicants can define their own project, and both the host and future Fellow benefit in terms of knowledge transfer and the delivery of scientific excellence. As with all MSCA opportunities it is very much about supporting the individuals behind the research via training-through-research. Information on two successful UK projects are available below:

If you have a project in mind or have any questions or queries, please contact the National Contact Point for MSCA, UKRO.

Cluster pitch – ESA, Ian Downey

The Call for Kick-start Activities is ESA’s new funding scheme which is launched in 2017. Activities will be funded at 75%, with ESA providing up to €60,000 per contract. The thematic Calls for Kick-start Activities are open to any industry in IAP participating Member States. They are designed to be particularly interesting for SMEs and start-ups looking for opportunities to develop their ideas for new business applications.

In the second semester 2017, six Thematic Calls for Kick-start Activities will be launched:

  • FinTech (opens 10 July, closes 19 September)
  • Wildlife Protection (opens 31 July, closes 11 October)
  • People Mobility (opens 20 September, closes 31 October)
  • Arctic/Sub-Arctic Regions (opens 12 October, closes 23 November)
  • Space for Municipalities (opens 1 November, closes 13 December)
  • Com. Climate Service (opens 24 November, closes 16 January)

Cluster pitch – Innovate UK, Maria Kalama

Current Innovate calls and competitions:

Materials and manufacturing round 3
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £15 million to work on innovation projects in manufacturing and/or materials. Find out more and apply >

Newton UK-China agritech challenge 2017 
UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £8 million to work with Chinese partners on innovative agricultural solutions in China. Find out more and apply >

Open programme round 3 
UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £15 million. This is to deliver game-changing, cutting-edge innovations with significant potential for impact on the UK economy. Find out more and apply >

Infrastructure systems round 3

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £15 million to develop innovative solutions to challenges in infrastructure systems.

Eligibility: To lead a project you must:

  • involve at least one SME
  • work alone or in collaboration with other organisations

Projects longer than 12 months or with costs of £100,000 or more must be collaborative with other partners. Opens: 10 July 2017. Closes: 13 September 2017.

Future Coffee Mornings

  • 10am, 12th July  – EARTH.i presentation (see pitch information above)

  • 10am, 26th July – RHEA (IPP project) on drought and flood mitigation service for the agri-sector in Uganda

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