Catapult and exactEarth strengthen collaboration in satellite information platform development and maritime services

The Satellite Applications Catapult, an independent technology and innovation company, and exactEarth Europe, a UK-based maritime data services company, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their relationship and collaborate on activities which will accelerate the take up of satellite services within the maritime environment.

Since late 2013, the Catapult and exactEarth have been jointly developing concepts relating to the challenges of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, and both organisations have now identified future benefits of a more formal collaborative relationship. The MoU will cover activities such as: international commercialisation and operational deployment of Automatic Identification System (AIS) based data and value-add services; development and creation of a coherent satellite data access platform strategy; and the development of new information delivery concepts using AIS as an application messaging service.

Stuart Martin, CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult, said, “The Catapult is delighted to be embarking on this broader partnership with exactEarth. Our work together over the past year has demonstrated clear alignment of objectives, and complementarity of skills and expertise, through which we have already delivered ground breaking results. This new agreement will create further opportunities to showcase and accelerate both our activities and international relationships, which will in turn help grow the global space sector and the UK economy.”

John Stuart, Managing Director of exactEarth, commented, “The Satellite Applications Catapult has brought a strong catalytic new dimension to the UK space industry. Over the past year they have demonstrated the ability and trusted credibility to help develop and demonstrate new applications and solutions on behalf of the maritime market sector. Through this partnership, we will be able to work together to realise the operational benefits of these developments in a rapidly emerging applications market. We believe this strengthened relationship will benefit not only both organisations, but also the maritime domain and other sectors in which we work.”

exactEarth and the Catapult are based at the Harwell Oxford Innovation Campus, alongside the European Space Agency, UK Space Agency, STFC, RAL Space and other prominent space organisations.


For further information regarding the Satellite Applications Catapult, please contact Karen Rogers  |  +44 (0) 1235 567999

For further information regarding exactEarth, please contact Simon Chesworth

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