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Satellite Applications for the Future of our Seas

23rd March 2021 10:00 am - 11:30 am

This event brings together the satellite applications and marine & maritime communities to showcase the latest developments and to explore opportunities for collaboration. The need for innovative and ambitious ideas across maritime industries has never been greater, while the space industry is becoming increasingly accessible with its wide-range of data products offering continual improvement in quality and availability. It is expected that innovation in both sectors will benefit from deeper cross-sector linkages, and thus we look forward to welcoming delegates from innovative SMEs and larger established companies, as well as government and academia to explore this further.

Speakers will include:

● Rob Dunford – EM3 LEP

● Przemyslaw Grudniewski– Theyr Ltd

● Dan Hook – Ocean Infinity

● Helen Croxson – Maritime and Coastguard Agency

● Matthew Jensen – Paromat

● James Carey – UK Hydrographic Office

● Peter Collinson – Dendrytica

● Matt Hele – TP Group

● Steve Young – ICEYE

● Blair Thornton – Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute

As a leading maritime nation with a rich history of exploration and innovation in the sector, the sea is not only an important asset, but an environment where satellite and marine technology can converge to meet the needs of the 21st Century. Whether it is pioneering new ways to map the vast unknown of the unexplored sea floors surrounding the UK or helping to police illegal fishing, the increasing reliance on satellite technology at sea is clear. Indeed, the UK Government’s Maritime 2050 strategy and the Foresight Future of the Sea report recognises the need to create a long-term innovation pipeline for UK businesses to capitalise on growing global opportunities and the Space sector can be at the forefront.

But what’s the current state of play?

The Space sector is a lynchpin of the UK’s economy, serving many sectors including the Environment, Smart Cities, Agriculture, and the Telecommunications sector. New space players, technologies and services have dramatically reduced barriers to entry. This includes several ‘mega-constellations’ providing services for IOT and broadband communications, continuous Earth observation (incl. radar and infrared) and asset tracking. In addition, our ocean-reliant sectors are in transition with pioneering developments fast emerging in maritime business services, high-value manufacturing, autonomy and robotics, marine science, and hydrographic surveying and mapping – there will be an increasing reliance on satellite technology at sea and a growing market for a data-sharing infrastructure across sectors.

The UK space sector continues to be recognised for the enormous potential and revolution it can bring (see more here), contributing around £47bn in GVA and employing more than 500,000 people. As home to innovative space and marine technology companies, the EM3 area is well placed to support the transition to sustainable economic growth. Reducing energy and resource consumption, maximising business opportunities and supporting technology development will help to boost regional productivity in the Marine & Maritime sector.

The Enterprise M3 region encompasses West Surrey and much of Hampshire and is home to a network of space and satellite businesses currently valued at more than £9bn. It has over 185 companies engaged in high-tech innovative work, employing more than 3000 local people. Linking the existing space sector expertise to the maritime sector will undoubtedly unlock new cross-sector potential through the future of shipping, smart ports, communication, navigation, and exploration.

Let’s connect and explore how Space and the Marine & Maritime sectors can help grow our economy. Learn about the support and funding available to help companies develop innovative new products and solutions, and tackle key challenges facing those at the forefront of the blue economy.

Chloe McClellan
Media and Communications Assistant
Chloe McClellan is an experienced communicator and social media specialist.