Government Services 

The Satellite Applications Catapult works with government departments, their affiliated organisations and local government bodies, in the UK and internationally, to help them realise the range of benefits gained by using satellite-enabled products and services. Our goal is to create sustainable partnerships with public sector organisations focused on innovation and the integration of satellite applications into everyday service delivery.

Internationally, our Government Services team is helping to create export opportunities by working with bodies such as the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation on projects to demonstrate the opportunities offered by satellites and as a neutral convenor advising on potential satellite-related services.

Our UK activities primarily focus on supporting the UK Space Agency’s Space for Smarter Government Programme (SSGP), an ambitious change programme working at the heart of the public sector. SSGP is led and funded by the UK Space Agency, and delivered in collaboration with the Catapult.

SSGP is working to encourage cross-government collaboration by offering support and facilitating cross-government working groups on topics such as the use of Earth observation (EO) data and remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS). To date, these collaborations have driven the development of an Earth Observation Centre of Excellence to support teams across the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and work with the Natural Hazards Partnership (NHP).

SSGP, through the UK Space Agency, has funded a number of projects in which we have worked closely with the UK public sector to deliver feasibility studies and prototype services. To date these have focused on specific topics such as environment and natural hazards risk management, connectivity for mobile health screening vehicles, air quality, plant and crop health, and coastal management. The latest themes cover disaster risk management and human movement.

Working at a central, regional and local level, we also engage with service providers to embed satellite applications in key areas where the UK space industry can have an impact including:

Satellite-Enabled Cities
Sustainable services for better cities. We support the development of sustainable services for the public sector covering mobility including public transport, connectivity, resilient infrastructures and services, air pollution monitoring and innovations to keep cities clean, safe and well managed.

Sustainable Development
Supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Catapult is committed to supporting the delivery of the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development throughout its activities. We are actively working with international partners on initiatives aimed at improving resilience to the effects of climate change, including disasters and food security. We support programmes such as the One Billion Coalition for Resilience and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. We are exploring opportunities to support sustainable development with organisations like Met Office and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) through their Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT).

Health and Wellbeing
Improving service delivery to remote and rural areas. We are leading innovation in the remote reporting and medical diagnostics field with a particular focus on remote and rural areas, supporting trials for digital therapeutics (whether addressing obesity issues, diabetes risk, stroke patients or others) and exploring connectivity technologies that could help to delay or prevent hospitalisation. We also contribute to initiatives around healthy towns and cities.

Get Involved

If you would like more information, or to discuss opportunities, please email: programmes@sa.catapult.org.uk

For more information on the UK Space Agency’s programme SSGP visit:  www.spaceforsmartergovernment.uk   

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