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SCC Inclusion Criteria

The Space Capabilities Catalogue (SCC) is a stakeholder-led activity for cataloguing the Space Sectors capabilities with a focus on the UK.

The Space Capabilities Catalogue (SCC) presents an overview of organisations working across the Space Ecosystem with a focus on the UK. These overviews introduce organisation working in Space, where they are based across mapped countries, and, where available, economic data (sourced from primary data).

The SCC was created to showcase UK capabilities on a global stage, profiling and promoting UK expertise in the use and capitalisation of Satellite and Space enabled applications.

The SCC:

  • Focuses entirely on organisations that operate within the Space Supply Chain / Ecosystem
  • Is a trusted source on Space and Satellite service expertise in the UK. Every entry is verified annually to ensure information and quality standards are maintained and up to date
  • All organisations listed in the Catalogue have been internally verified by the Satellite Applications Catapult (the Catapult) who have identified:
    • Past work or references evidencing capability
    • Proof of UK registration

In line with the UK Space Agency, the ‘space industry’ is defined to include all organisations that meet the following definitions and criteria:

  • Be a non-commercial organisation (e.g., universities, research institutes) that secures income to contribute to space-specific research and expertise throughout the industry supply chain, often in partnership with commercial organisations. Non-commercial income includes grant funding, core funding, research funding, tuition fees, departmental expenditures, and operating budgets.
  • Be a commercial organisation (i.e., businesses, companies, firms) that earns revenue from the manufacture, launch, and operation of satellites / spacecraft, and from utilisation of the signals and data supplied by satellites / spacecraft to develop value-added applications. Such organisations may also secure non-commercial income (e.g., grants) to undertake specific R&D.

‘Space-related activity’ is defined to include any of the following:

  • Space Manufacturing: Design and / or manufacture of space equipment and subsystems. Including: launch vehicles and subsystems, satellites / payloads / spacecraft and subsystems, scientific instruments, ground segment systems and equipment (control centres and telemetry), suppliers of materials and components, scientific and engineering support, fundamental and applied research.
  • Space Operations: Launch and / or operation of satellites and / or spacecraft. Including: launch services, launch brokerage services, proprietary satellite operation (inc. sale / lease of capacity), third-party ground segment operation, ground station networks, in-orbit servicing, debris removal, Space Surveillance & Tracking (SST), space tourism, in-space manufacturing.
  • Space Applications: Applications of satellite signals and data. Including: Direct-To-Home (DTH) broadcasting, fixed and mobile satellite communications services (including Very-Small-Aperture Terminals (VSATs)), location-based signal and connectivity service providers, supply of user devices and equipment, processors of satellite data, applications leveraging satellite signals (e.g. GPS devices and location based services) and / or data (e.g. meteorology, geographic information system (GIS) software and geospatial products), other (e.g. Quantum Key Distribution).
  • Ancillary Services: Specialised support services. Including: launch and satellite insurance (inc. brokerage) services, financial and legal services, software and IT services, market research and consultancy services, business incubation and development, policymaking, regulation, and oversight.

In addition, an organisation MUST clearly promote Space and / or Satellite enabled applications on their outreach materials.

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