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March Satuccino

Catapult Updates:

Christophe Christiaen, Sustainable Finance Lead, Satellite Applications Catapult

As part of the Catapult’s Explore Markets programme, we are looking at ‘Sustainable Finance’ as a market where geospatial data can add a lot of value and where there is a lot of potential for satellite derived applications and services. Sustainable Finance is a subset of the overall Finance industry and covers the range of activities, products and stakeholders that aim to align the existing financial system with global sustainability. It is about deploying private finance more sustainably rather than using the more traditional public and concessional sources of climate and development finance.

As part of these market exploration activities we are starting to engage with sustainable finance stakeholders and identify where the biggest and most relevant opportunities are for geospatial data right now and in the future. We will be publishing our findings in a series of market reports, user profiles and blog posts on the Catapult website. We have recently published our first paper which offers an introduction to the Sustainable Finance sector for the space industry and provides a high level overview of key stakeholders, trends and examples of sustainable finance strategies and products.

Ultimately the idea is to raise awareness of these opportunities both in the finance industry and in the space industry and stimulate both sides to come up with relevant new products and services. If this is a sector you are interested in, please reach out to us to discuss how Catapult can best support you. If you want to engage with some of these stakeholders directly we have listed some relevant finance events and conference on our website where a lot of financial stakeholders should be present.

For more information click here, or email Christophe.Christiaen@sa.catapult.org.uk

Company Pitches:

Company Pitch 1: Jason Armstrong, Director of Launch and Integration Services, Trisept

TriSept Corporation is a family-owned US-based small business with 25-plus years’ experience in providing all facets of Space Systems Engineering, Launch & Integration Engineering, Cybersecurity, and Mission Services to both commercial and government customers.  From our beginnings in “Big Space” programs, we have evolved to providing agile, tailorable, Engineering, Integration, and Launch services for both large and small space vehicles. We also have a proven record of accomplishment in providing space vehicle design, administration, licensing, ground systems engineering and post-launch operations support.  In fact, we have launched over 200+ satellites on 70 missions using 20 different launch vehicles from 13 different international launch sites!  Our established reputation within the Space Industry provides a wealth of network contacts and “partner-level” agreements that extend our technical and operational value.  Our wide-ranging partnerships with launch vehicle providers means we can provide you with a launch opportunity that meets both your business requirements and price range.  In summary, TriSept is an established space-focused company with a wealth of experience, expertise, and ability and we welcome the opportunity to work with you.

Company Pitch 2: Graham Wood, Director, iTrinegy

iTrinegy is proud to be the leading company in the development of Network Emulation hardware and virtual appliances. Our technology enables you to create accurate working facsimiles of all types of real-world networks, within a lab or test environment, including Satellite, Mobile, WAN, Cloud, Internet, WiFi and LAN. These virtual test networks can be point-to-point, partially meshed or fully meshed topologies.

Governments, Military Organizations and Enterprises around the world, including some of the world’s largest banks, gaming companies, the MoD and numerous US Federal departments, trust iTrinegy’s technology to achieve fully controllable & repeatable test environments, reduce the need for expensive field trials, validate application resilience, reduce the cost of bug fixes and accelerate systems delivery.

Company Pitch 3: James Taylor, Business and Market Development, Methera Global

With HQ at Harwell, Methera Global is launching a constellation of MEO satellites in 2022 to provide high density Internet connectivity solutions to governments and telecom solution providers in emerging countries of the World. Methera’s solution will include a ca. 40cm antenna with download speeds of 100-300Mbps and 1Gbps duplex using slightly larger antennae.

Applications form part of the strategy and Methera Global is launching its Partner Programme to work with companies that have solutions or technology that need good connectivity in areas that don’t have any. Areas of interest include but not limited to education, health, fintech, agritech and can include joint financing where applicable.  First meeting to be held in April at Harwell and to participate, please sign up online at www.metheraglobal.com/partner-programme

More information about Methera Global at https://metheraglobal.com

Company Pitch 4: Tim Culmer, Senior Consultant, Riskaware

Riskaware is leading a consortium of CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) system and Space platform experts who have secured joint funding from the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Defence Agency (EDA) to develop the next generation of CBRN Information Management (IM) Systems, leveraging both existing and emerging space based data.

The project is particularly focused, through the provision of a web based service model, at enabling a wide user community to have access to the type of advanced CBRN IM technology already available to the military in the UK, the USA and NATO.

For more information please contact: tim.culmer@riskaware.co.uk

Company Pitch 5: Marco Paven, Managing Director, SteamJet Space Systems

SteamJet is developing the safer, more compact and more affordable water-based propulsion system for CubeSats and Small Satellites. We aim at expanding the current mission capabilities, enabling satellites to stay longer in space, change and optimize their orbit, avoid collisions, operate in constellations and de-orbit

Sector Updates

Sector Update 1: Jane Ford, Communications Manager, UKSpace

Membership of UKspace SME Forum Start Up level:

The SME Forum Start Up level is for individuals or companies with no or limited revenues who are just starting out in the space sector and want to be connected to key events and activities and kept up to date with news and funding opportunities.

Benefits include networking at our industry events and access to technical support and advice.

The SME Forum Start Up Level provides an:

  • ’Info hub’ via website and news alerts
  • Leverages links to key stakeholders
  • Organises site visits to space and related sector companies
  • Shares market intelligence
  • Provides networking opportunities

Further information on the SME Forum can be found here: http://www.ukspace.org/space-organisations/smeforum/

Industry Days: We organise at least two industry days each year to enable SMEs and the Start Up level members to engage with the primes. The next event is being planned to take place this May with Teledynee2v, date to be confirmed.

Sector Update 2: Andy Duncan, Senior Account Manager, National Physical Laboratory

You may have developed, or are supporting, a disruptive, innovative technology. You are very busy with multiple demands on your time. You will have some or all of the issues below:

  • How do you prove your product works?
  • What methods are available for testing, which is best?
  • How do you prioritise your technical challenges?
  • What is the regulatory environment around the product – e.g. CE Marking etc?
  • How can you prove the intended lifecycle of the product?
  • Can I get funding to address these issues?

NPL are the UK National Metrology Institute and we have 700 scientists and 380 laboratories. We are here to support UK companies and to help solve measurement/characterisation/verification challenges and to help companies develop their innovative technology to bring to the market place.

We help small innovation companies, as well as large multinationals.

We have Internationally renowned experts in Quantum, Digital and Data Sciences and Earth Observation to name but a few. For a flavour, try googling NPL and quantum for example: www.npl.co.uk/quantum-showcase/

We can also help you with access to funding – our current Analysis for Innovators call is ongoing now, funding challenges up to £300k: www.npl.co.uk/analysis-for-innovators/

We are here to help you and we encourage you to get in touch and explain your challenge. In the rare event we can’t help you directly, we almost certainly know the people who can.

Sector Update 3: Ben Whitaker, Innovation Partner, Defence and Security Accelerator

The Defence and Security Accelerator’s vision is for the UK to maintain its strategic advantage over its adversaries through the most innovative defence and security capabilities in the world. As a UK Government organisation, DASA achieves this by funding the development of innovations with potential defence and security application. Since its creation in 2016, DASA has provided over £50m in funding to industry and academia. Over 50% of this funding has gone to SMEs, with 40% of suppliers never having worked with DASA before.

DASA runs regular themed challenges and an Open Call that is available for applications on a continuous basis. Details of their latest funding opportunities and how to apply can be found on their website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/defence-and-security-accelerator

Sector Update 4: Marta Rybarczyk, Business Partnership and Innovation Adviser, Enterprise Europe Network

Enterprise Europe Network helps ambitious businesses innovate and grow internationally.  Jointly funded by the European Commission and Innovate UK, our experts advise and connect those looking to commercialise ideas and succeed in new markets.  In the UK, Enterprise Europe Network is delivered by 24 organisations located across England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

We help SMEs

  • Finding new business partners
  • Grow further and scale up
  • Innovate and grow
  • Move into new markets
  • Access funding and finance


Sector Update 5: Catherine Holt,  Horizon 2020 UK National Contact Point for Space, Innovate UK

Horizon 2020: Portal for UK government underwrite guarantee

The UK government has committed to underwrite funding for the participation of UK organisations in grants funded through Horizon 2020. As part of this commitment, current UK recipients of Horizon 2020 funding are invited to provide data about their projects on a portal managed by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The portal is designed to ensure that UKRI has the information about projects and participants in order to underwrite guarantee payments if required. For more information and to register your details please click here.

Innovate UK Smart funding launches with £20 million grant competition

Smart grants are the latest programme from Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, to de-risk innovation and enable business growth. The competition is now open and the deadline for applications is midday on 24th April 2019

  • businesses of any size or research and technology organisations can lead a project
  • leads can work alone or collaborate with others, depending on the project length and size. They should involve at least one small or medium-sized enterprise
  • projects with total eligible costs of £25,000 to £500,000 should last between 6 and 18 months
  • projects with total eligible project costs of £25,000 to £2 million should last between 19 months and 3 years
  • businesses could get up to 70% of their costs
  • awarded projects must start by 4 November 2019

For more information please click here.


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We help organisations make use of, and benefit from, satellite technologies, and bring together multi-disciplinary teams to generate ideas and solutions in an open innovation environment.

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