S2 EP2: The Agri Living Lab

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It’s estimated the world will need to feed 10 billion people before the end of the century. Yet at the same time, we are faced with a climate crisis that requires the urgent protection of our natural resources.

To meet these challenges, we need to focus on getting the most out of what we already have. We need more efficient farming methods that are kinder to the environment. We need sustainable, nature focused solutions. We need innovation.

So, how do we even begin? And how can satellites help?

The Agri-Living Lab at Westcott, launched at the 2021 Westcott Space Expo, is a new initiative aiming to connect the different players within the industry, with the goal of building this trust. By bringing technology provides, policymakers, scientists, and supply chains together, the Living Lab facilitates the co-design and co-creation of Agri-tech solutions. Technology is built with contribution from the end-users, to make efficient, scalable, solutions that are tested, and trusted by the industry.

Episode Guests


Calum Kelly

Satellite Solutions Architect

Satellite Applications Catapult

Parmjit Chima

Head of the Engineering Department

Harper Adams University

Digby Sowerby

Project Manager

Wessex Internet

Episode Host


Sarah Cruddas

Sarah is a space journalist, international TV host and award winning author. She has an academic background in astrophysics and is a global thought leader in the growing commercial space sector.

Within the space industry Sarah works at the highest level, traveling the globe working to develop the commercial space sector. She also sits on the board of directors of Space for Humanity, a global non-profit dedicated to democratising access to space and is an honorary advocate of the Space Frontier Foundation.

Sarah’s mission is to inspire a diverse audience about why space exploration matters, how it has shaped all of our lives and why we all need to look up a little more. Space is for everyone.

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