The South West Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications is based in Cornwall with the University of Exeter as the lead delivery partner. The centre partnership also includes Falmouth University and the University of Plymouth.
The region has strong expertise in space technologies and satellite applications, including Goonhilly Earth Station, Spaceport Cornwall and the Aerohub Enterprise Zone. The Met Office sets a global standard for Earth and Space Weather observation and science, and we also have a robust network of local, national and international universities and research centres.
Specific research in highly relevant satellite application areas includes: Agritech & Food Supply, eHealth & eWellbeing, Marine & Maritime and Mining.
Regional Innovation Centres engage in award-winning knowledge transfer programmes (Exeter: SetSquared, Falmouth: Launchpad). Local Enterprise Partnership specialisations for future Sat Apps development include: Space & Aerospace, eHealth, Agritech, Marine and Digital Economy. Consequently, the LEPs are directly supporting future investment in Sat Apps businesses.
The centre has a programme of:
Along with the recent appointment of the European Space Agency ESA Ambassador and our SpaceTech programme, we help businesses exploit the use of satellite data, technology and applications to gain a competitive advantage in a global market – we are interested in hearing from organisations already in the space sector but also from those which have the potential to work in the space and satellite sector but have not yet investigated the market opportunities.
Key initial themes are: