Catapult signs Memorandum of Understanding for joint activities with JAMSS

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The Satellite Applications Catapult will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with JAMSS America Inc (JAI) today to create a framework of activities between the two organisations. The signing will take place at 12.00 noon (Central Standard Time) on the Catapult / Innovate UK stand at the SpaceCom Conference in Houston.

Under the terms of the MoU, Catapult and JAI will cooperate to stimulate further commercialisation of their respective space applications technologies and facilities. The agreement will have a particular view on delivering their products and services into business opportunities in the UK, US, Japan and other international regions.

Stuart Martin, CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult, said: “This MoU is a significant milestone in the Catapult’s ongoing development, with regard to our activities in the US and our growing international reach.

“Since early 2015, we’ve met several times with JAI to discuss cooperation in the commercialisation of both organisations’ space application technologies. Looking ahead over the next 1-2 years, we’ve identified several major business opportunities to learn from each other and forge joint new business activities.”

Since its establishment in spring 2013, the Catapult has developed proven capabilities and facilities to offer public and private sector entities support to foster growth across global economies. This is achieved through the exploitation of satellite technologies and data for application on Earth, bringing together multi-disciplinary teams to generate ideas and solutions in an open innovation environment.

JAI, which is a United States corporation based in Texas, is entering the MoU on behalf of itself, as well as the Global AIS on Space Station (“GLASS”) project collaborators. The company has proven capabilities and facilities to offer public and private sector entities future access to its GLASS data as broadcast from the International Space Station.

The MoU signing took place during SpaceCom which included a joint Catapult-Innovate UK mission featuring seven of the most promising British start-ups that are focused on changing the way we access, use and evaluate data from satellites.