In 2021 the space industry landscape is more varied than ever and presents significant opportunity for investment, innovation and research. Today on the 27th September 2021, as the national space strategy is announced at the UK Space Conference we recognise that the South Coast has an important role to play within the UK ecosystem in the global race for a new space economy.
Earlier in the year the Satellite Applications Catapult commissioned BryceTech to research the vibrant ecosystems that exist within our region and you can now read their assessment in detail below. It combines deep-dive regional analysis and stakeholder engagement with characterisation of global trends and international perspectives. The report is an opportunity to view the wealth of space related businesses located and working in our region and across the UK.
Talking about the report and it’s findings, Louise Butt Business Development Manager at the South Coast Centre for Excellence in Satellite Applications said,
“When reflecting on the space sector across the South-Coast it is important to mention the opportunities available in cyber and quantum technologies for space, satcom services for terrestrial and space applications, satellite manufacturing and beyond. Notable recent projects include the £1.6 million grant from UK Research and Innovation as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund delivered by education institutions (University of Portsmouth) and industrial pioneers (Airborne Robotics, Bentley Telecoms and Ocean Infinity) to develop wind turbine inspections led by drone swarms, enabled by space technology.
Finally, there is a rich resource of opportunity yet to be recognised. For example, that of advanced optical communications; in supporting diverse businesses to implement a 5G platform across the Solent working with aql and others – we can drive automated vessel manufacturing and provide a platform to capitalise on significant government and international agency funding for future private sector investment. We are tremendously proud to make a huge contribution here on the south coast, a contribution which is clearly demonstrated within this South Coast Regional Space Study. This report highlights collaboration and innovation across the South-Coast ecosystem, from satellite manufacturing and beyond with hundreds of businesses involved.”
Read the reports below.