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//Emerging Technologies

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"Welcome to the Emerging Technologies team web page. The information provided below gives you a snap shot on the disruptive technologies and innovations that the team are working on and how our team fits within the organisation. We are a small team of 7 enthusiastic individuals that pursue the development of cutting edge technology to generate impact to the UK economy, solve industry challenges and create market opportunities for industry players."

Paul Febvre, CTO

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Why Emerging Technologies?

Why Emerging Technologies?

The Emerging Technologies team assist companies in advancing their products to be closer to market opportunities.

We identify the barriers to entry, such as regulation, powerful incumbents, or simple accessibility, and then find the mechanisms to overcome them. We provide the linkages to related technologies and their communities (like machine learning, geospatial and the ‘Internet of Things’) which enable the benefits of space to be realised.

We create long term strategic partnerships & alignment with industry/market requirements and technology advancements, securing collaborative projects and programmes to ensure maximum impact and benefit to industry of disruptive solutions.

Our critical activities include:

  • Informing and guiding Catapult’s technology strategy
  • Creating partnerships and technology development programmes
  • Developing solutions to industry challenges

Our Focus Areas

Our activities are currently focused around these 5 topics

Quantum Technologies

Exploring the use of quantum communication, computing and sensing to improve precision and further the exploitation of commercial satellite services.


Development of disruptive capabilities to support the UK and wider markets supply chain development in launch and propulsion. This includes activity to support launch organisations to accelerate their technology capabilities.

Satellites in 5G connectivity

Exploring opportunities and enabling organisations to validate new concepts and technologies for the use of satellites in a 5G solution.

Artificial Intelligence

How can AI techniques be combined with space technologies? Satellites can be used to enable AI applications but equally AI techniques can optimise existing applications and services provided by satellites. Integration of AI techniques into satellite services can provide improved performance and further exploitation.

Universal traffic management and Beyond Visual Line of Sight flight (BVLOS)

Exploring the use of satellite communications technology to support the operational requirements for a universal traffic management system and enable BVLOS operation of autonomous vehicles. Ubiquitous connectivity is essential for concept of operations and safety systems, and provides additional value to data acquired during flight – satellites can play a vital role in enabling this.

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In March 2013, Paul was appointed Chief Technology Officer at the Satellite Applications Catapult. Prior to joining the Catapult, Paul held positions at Inmarsat as Satellite System Architect, subsequently progressing to Head of the BGAN Evolution Team, responsible for system engineering on the Inmarsat BGAN system and managing the European Space Agency (ESA) ARTES (Advanced Research Telecommunications Systems) Alphasat-extension programme. Paul was also the Chief Architect for Inmarsat's proposal to ESA in response to the SESAR (Single European Skies Advanced Research) joint undertaking to develop the next generation of air traffic management communications systems over Europe. Paul specialises in the bidding process and contract negotiations within ESA ARTES and the EC Framework programmes, consortium creation and maintenance, and R&D technical programme management. Paul graduated from Southampton University with a degree in Electronics Engineering.
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