The Space for Smarter Government Programme

The Space for Smarter Government Programme, or SSGP, is an ambitious change programme working at the heart of the public sector in the UK. We work with government departments and their affiliated organisations to help them realise the range of opportunities from embracing satellite-enabled products and services. In addition to this we run a number of competitions each year where project teams from industry and academia can bid to deliver services that solve some of the biggest challenges the public sector faces.

Who are we?

The Programme was established by the UK Space Agency in 2014. It is led and delivered in collaboration with the Satellite Applications Catapult, and is well placed in this capacity to be the driving force for change, working alongside both the public and private sectors. There are currently no other entities working across both sectors to identify synergies and which can deliver market growth and reduce duplication of effort.

One of our main priorities at present is on working to encourage cross-government collaboration. We are doing this through offering our support and facilitating a number of cross-government working groups on topics such as Earth Observation and remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS).

We are also funding a number of projects, who are working closely with the public sector, to deliver both feasibility studies and prototype services. The goal of these projects is to deliver a service that can be rolled out and used in the public sector’s day-to-day activities. To date these have focused on specific topics such as environment and natural hazards risk management, and working with Local Authorities and the Devolved Administrations.

Satellite applications in the public sector

Satellite-enabled products and services are a valuable, yet largely untapped, resource for the public sector. The diversity of what’s on offer is huge, encompassing Earth Observation (EO), satellite communications (sat comms) and position, navigation and timing (PNT).

In this time of austerity, satellite applications offer innovative solutions to common needs. This in turn enables more insightful and effective policy decisions to be made and delivers efficiency savings, whilst helping the UK’s space sector to grow.

Opportunities / why does this matter?

Now is the perfect time for the public sector to seize the opportunities on offer from space. Rapid advances in technology are leading to the exponential growth of the space sector, which is leading to the increased availability of accessible data. Embracing these opportunities now will generate enormous benefits for the UK, and enable it to be at the forefront of this technological revolution. The UK itself is already a leader in the field, and has a goal to represent 10% of the global market by 2030.

The ultimate goal of this Programme is to remove the barriers to uptake and make space invisible: for it to underpin business as usual practices, for it to be the technology of choice in the design of new and innovative solutions, and for it to be recognised as the powerhouse it truly is.

Contact details

To find more information about our Programme, visit the SSGP website at http://spaceforsmartergovernment.uk. Alternatively, please email ssgp@sa.catapult.org.uk and a member of the team will get back to you.

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