The Satellite Applications Catapult hosted an event to explore opportunities in Chile. This event provided UK-based space companies and academia with the information they might need to explore Chile as a potential market for export.
The Catapult is currently working on a number of projects in Chile, with various partners across sectors, including mining, environmental monitoring, disaster management, and mitigation of illegal fishing.
The Exploring Opportunities event outlined a proposal to host an outward mission to Santiago for members of the UK Space supply chain in 2017, by British Chamber of Commerce Santiago. The mission will drive industrial engagement with Chile, and to meet Chile’s ambition to integrate space based capabilities into a growing number of sectors of its economy.
Since 2014 the Catapult has been investigating the market for space based technologies in Chile by working with various Chilean Government departments and agencies, and assisted by Newton and Prosperity funding.
A Memorandum of Understanding between the Catapult and the Chilean national mining company ENAMI was signed regarding a major project on sustainable mining, including geological survey, supply chain modernisation and environmental protection. In December last year the Catapult led a two-day symposium on ‘Space for Smarter Government in Chile’ which attracted 75 national and regional government attendees, and academia.
During a recent Guest of Government visit to UK, the Chilean Minister for Foreign Affairs and the UK’s Foreign Secretary signed a Memorandum of Understanding relating to the development of a sovereign capability to counter illegal, unlicensed and unreported fishing in Chilean waters. A communique from Downing Street referred to this and also a number of other areas where the Catapult has been engaged, in mining, environmental monitoring and disaster management.