Satuccino Summary and Feedback

Wednesday 3 February 2016 Summary

Catapult Updates

1. Smart Cities & DISC Centre – Please see these slides for further information on the DISC centre.

2. GNSS Demo Centre – A Satellite Applications Catapult-led consortium has won a contract to undertake a feasibility study into the European Space Agency’s (ESA) first GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) Demonstration Centre to be built in the UK.
The six month study will consider the impact on downstream market penetration for European GNSS organisations by developing the centre in Harwell, adding to the growing Harwell Space Cluster. The consortium partners are Ordnance Survey, Spirent Communications and University of Nottingham. As part of the feasibility study we will be engaging with the business community to better understand user requirements.
3. Far Field Antenna Test Range – This new facility is part of the Catapult’s commitment to invest in new and unique facilities and will be used for development, characterisation and type approval of antennas; primarily, but not exclusively, satcom ground terminal antennas; used by many key UK satcom terminal manufacturers and the only Far Field Test Facility available in the UK. For further information contact 

Company Pitches

Dan Plant, Terrabotics

Steve Clements, Axenic

Steve Young, Earth.i

Disrupt Space

Events/Courses/Other Initiatives

1. Opportunity: Improving the safety of driver behaviour (Closing Date: 12 Feb 2016)

The Satellite Applications Catapult are seeking in-field research proposals to be executed over a 12 month trial period, commencing 1st March 2016. The research must help develop our understanding of the benefit that both mobile phone based and OBC-plug-in device based sensor equipment and customer services can have on improving the safety of driver behaviour, with a particular emphasis on the benefit of such interventions in combination with driver training / speed awareness courses. Click here for more info.
2. Game changing technologies for Energy
Innovate UK is to invest up to £1.5 million in technical feasibility studies to encourage new entrants to the energy sector and stimulate the adoption of disruptive technologies. Technology Transfer from Space is mentioned in the scope. More details here.
3. ESA Sentinel Application Platform SNAP-Sentinel 1 toolbox course.
Two day course held at Catapult on 8-9 March 2016. It will be a hands-on course with practical sessions in computing labs. For the online booking click here.
4. Making Europe Work for You, 24th February 2016
A workshop organised by UKspace and the Satellite Applications Catapult to shine a light on the contribution Europe can make to the goals of the Space Growth Action Plan and specifically how companies can get the most from European financial mechanisms which are currently untapped by the UK space sector. More info here.
5. Space Placements in INdustry scheme (SPIN)
It is that time of year when (hopefully) you’ve got a little time to plan ahead and look at the projects you’ve got on for next year and how they might be achieved. Is it a bit daunting? 
How about taking on an undergraduate student to work with you for the summer? The SPIN scheme will be entering it’s 4th year and has already joined up many companies with the brightest and best, most motivated undergraduate students who are considering working within the space sector.  New students are already checking our website, now we’re looking for companies and organisations with projects that they need completed.  The projects could be something you can’t find the time or manpower to do internally, it could be an extra pair of hands on a project that your staff will be working on next summer, or it could be bringing in a skill set that you don’t have on hand at the moment.  For further information click here.
6. UK presence at the 2017 International Expo in Astana, Kazakhstan
This will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan from the 10 June until 10 September 2017 and will have a ‘Future Energy’ theme. The Expo will aim to promote efforts to find sustainable energy solutions to meet growing global demand. The UK pavilion will offer companies the opportunity to showcase British products and services in an important emerging market. For further information please contact
7. ESA Update (Alan Brustrom & Ian Downey) 
  • The successful launch of the European Data Relay System’s first operational payload (ERSA-A) at the end of January, which in an important step towards the future European Space Data Highway. Launched on a Eutelsat telecoms satellite, this enables high speed data communications by laser between earth observation satellites and geostationary telecoms satellites, which then beam the data down to earth much faster than was previously possible. Tests have shown that information can be on the desks of users within 18 minutes, rather than the hours or days previously required.
  • EDRS is also incorporated into the next series of SENTINEL satellites, part of the Copernicus earth observing system. SENTINEL 3 addresses ocean and land temperature and colour and oceanic topography. It is due to be launched on 16th February. ESA plans to screen the launch live at ECSAT from about 5pm and if anyone really wants to watch, contact Alan about joining the ESA team to see it.
  • The all-weather footpath and cycle path from Harwell village to Harwell Campus is now open. One small step for campus infrastructure, one giant step for Alan’s shoes.
  • Recent IAP Workshop, Waste management and energy from waste, held 19/01/2016. Materials available online at ARTES APPS website.
  • IAP Workshop in preparation on Integrated Port logistics, joint with Transport Systems Catapult. Themed around Port of the Future. Early March, more information soon.
  • Disruptive Space Technology Centre Workshop, ECSAT 23/03/2016 Event sponsored by UKSA and RAL but supported (and hosted) by ESA  Contact points: Nick Cox (UKSA), Peter Truss (STFC) 
  • ARTES Applications Workshop, 6th annual event, Brussels, Belgium, 28-29/04/2016. Further information on the program and free registration for the workshop will follow soon on the websitePrevious ARTES annual workshop materials also available online, use the “Search” box on the website. 

8. SMART Cities UK Showcase, 22 March 2016, The Brewery, London.

The event will highlight the development of and opportunities for smart cities in the UK. 

9. Satellite Communications: Markets, Business and Technology

The objectives of this 3 day course are to provide a complete overview of the world of satellite communications. Further details here.


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