The world is in the early stages of a new digital revolution, with space technology increasingly at its heart. Satellites are now critical infrastructure, as fundamental to the global economy as the energy grid or the internet. Whether monitoring global weather or keeping the world’s population connected, located and informed, there is virtually no aspect of modern life that satellite do not enhance.
From manufacturing satellites to delivering data services, the UK space sector has always been commercially orientated. The industry is now worth some £14.8 billion to the UK economy and exports represent £5.5 billion of this total. With a 3.3% annual growth rate and 938 ‘live’ organisations, the sector is mature, widespread and boasts an exceptionally highly-skilled workforce.
The international space sector is currently undergoing a significant change. The industry is less dependent on major government contracts for large-scale infrastructure and is moving towards commercial services provided by privately funded organisations. In the UK, our industry is ideally placed to exploit this new space revolution.
The Satellite Applications Catapult is at the heart of the UK industry, with a strong track record of helping businesses, areas and regions unlock customer demand, open new markets, drive exports, attract investment and create jobs. We work with businesses of all sizes to realise their potential from space infrastructure and its applications. By connecting industry and academia, we get new research off the ground and into the market more quickly.
To this end, we are pleased to bring together in this document a brief introduction to a diverse range of successful companies in the UK Space Sector. These companies span a wide range of disciplines and are grouped by the industries they serve. By increasing the visibility of the capabilities of UK space companies we hope to stimulate future collaborations and new business as well as innovative new solutions for customers and end users.
Innovating for a better world empowered by satellites.
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