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September Satuccino


Ann Swift, Partnership Manager, FAIR-SPACE Hub, University of Surrey

The Future AI and Robotics for Space (FAIR-SPACE) Hub brings together leading experts from academia, industry and governments, and aims at pushing the boundary of AI robotics for future space utilization and exploration. In the immediate term, the Hub will help advance knowledge and technologies in orbital manipulation, extra-terrestrial vehicles, and robotic support for astronaut missions. These directly address technical priorities in the space sector worldwide. In the long term, the Hub will help transfer the field to a new era by achieving long-lived robotic operations in space.

Ann is the Partnership Manager at the Hub and is keen to promote collaboration between the hub, industry and academia wherever possible. This includes a number of opportunities that include funding for university innovation projects, funding to provide access to facilities at the Hub Labs, funding to support secondments and placements, as well as the Ambassador programme.

Join Ann, at the October Pre-Satuccino to learn everything you need to know and how to apply for funding from the FAIR-SPACE Hub Innovation Project & Partnership Programme.

Dr Ailsa Katharine Stroud, Defra, Earth Observations Policy Lead

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is an intergovernmental partnership which works to improve the availability access and use of Earth Observations (EO) globally, primarily targeted at the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Paris Climate Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

GEO Week is a combined Plenary Meeting and Ministerial Summit being hosted in Canberra, Australia, 4-9 November 2019. A new feature at this event is an Industry Track. This aims to strengthen GEO’s links with industry and recognise the key role of the commercial sector in creating the underlying EO products and services. The industry track program will explore key issues that impact both the global EO sector and the broader areas that relate to this activity such as big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Another new feature of GEO this year is the GEO Associates category of membership which allows commercial and non-governmental, not-for-profit and civil society organisations to join governments and international organisations as official collaborators of GEO. The aim of this is to broaden and diversify GEO’s member base.

Defra are the UK policy lead for GEO and are keen to learn more about appetite for involvement in both GEO week and GEO in general from industrial and academic sectors. If you are interested in any topics related to GEO, please consider completing the survey on the Catapult website. Further information and discussion will be available at this event.

Craig Gordon, Enterprise Europe Network, Innovation Advisor

A brief summary of the different support options Innovate UK is currently providing, as well as some information on how to get involved.

Victoria Christmas – ESA Business Applications 

ESA Business Applications aim is to show that space is open for business and has the power to improve our everyday lives on Earth. We do this by helping companies to integrate space data and technology into commercial services.

Maria Kalama, Innovate UK

Have an idea for an innovative new product or service? Innovate UK, the UK’s Innovation Agency, can help! We connect businesses to the partners, customers and investors that can help them turn their ideas into commercially successful products and services and business growth. Get in touch with one of our Innovation Leads or check out the latest funding opportunities from on our Innovation Funding Service website: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/search

Company Pitches 

Alex Money, Oxford Earth Observation, Managing Director

Oxford Earth Observation (OxEO) applies predictive models to data extracted from satellite imagery. We derive location-specific assessments of environmental, social and governance risk exposure for large fixed-capital assets. OxEO derives insight by the distributed downscaling of a massive corpus of remote sensing imagery. We develop forward-looking perspectives on risk using the best available science applied to observed data covering relevant climate and development scenarios. OxEO’s founders are members of the University of Oxford. Our team is expanding to include climate modellers, geospatial scientists and software developers. The company is part of ESA BIC UK.

Conrad Bielski, Aquobex Technologies, Technical Manager

Aquobex Technologies use cutting edge AI, drone, crowdsourced and IoT sensor data to augment earth observation data, offering a game-changing emergency management platform that helps keep citizens and employees safe and avoid costly impacts in emergencies.

Emergency managers balance many factors simultaneously: real-time reports pouring in, protocols to follow, comparison with past disasters, coordination with different agencies. We know how hard it is to fight disasters, and how important it is for you to have at hand all available information to respond as quickly as possible. That’s why we have gathered all available cyber-technologies to bring this vital information to you!

I-React is the first customisable, modular solution to integrate and analyse in real-time a set of data coming from different sources to provide an action-based warning system.
We use crowdsourcing and gamification to engage citizens prior to and during an emergency, building awareness and educating communities.

Chandra Amber Taposeea, Lobelia Earth, Scientific Manager – UK Representative

Lobelia Earth, isardSAT’s climate services unit, uses Earth Observation data and climate projections for the assessment of vulnerabilities, risks and opportunities associated to climate scenarios for each particular case and region of interest. We work on monitoring, forecasting and planning, often from open and free data acquired by European satellites under the Copernicus programme. Lobelia Earth also has a special interest in working on air quality, hydrology and coastal erosion, all using Earth Observation data.

Matt Price, Business Development Lead, Oracle for Startups 

Oracle has changed dramatically in recent yearsOracle Cloud Technology has gone from terrible to amazing in a short space of timeWe’re helping startups to explore and consume our Cloud TechnologyBeyond technology, we’re building ‘ecosystem’ to further benefit startups, Oracle’s customers (and us!)We’d love to start a conversation and explore the relevance for you. 

Nick Howes, BMT, Test Analyst and Space R&D

BMT provides independent technical expertise and consultancy. We offer design solutions, asset management, programme delivery and technology services to customers in the defence, security, transport, energy and infrastructure markets. Our team tackle the most complex engineering and programme challenges, blending capabilities from the entire spectrum of engineering disciplines to deliver enduring and value-adding benefits. We can adopt agile practices to rapidly tailor solutions to meet customers’ needs.

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