In order to stimulate growth in satellite applications across the UK, we have created Centres of Excellence which act as ambassadors and representatives for the Catapult in their local regions, coordinating activities and investment, and extending our reach.
Our Centres of Excellence help us to:
See below for more information on each Centre and their focus areas.
The Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications (SoXSA) has an end-to-end focus on the use of satellite-derived data to challenge conventional ideas and develop new concepts in the exploitation of space for the betterment of life on Earth. This end-to-end philosophy enables new space mission technologies that deliver new space-based data products in response to user needs. Through this, SoXSA seeks to foster economic growth and launch new opportunities.
The North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence offers opportunities and partnerships to unlock market opportunities within the North East of the UK which will benefit local and national economies. The Centre will ensure the successful commercialisation of new technology and innovations by cementing the UK’s position as a key player in the satellite technology sector.
The East Midlands Centre of Excellence has a vision to support the acceleration of satellite applications across the greater East Midlands. The aims are to promote and enable the regional exploitation of Earth Observation, GNSS and geospatial data and services throughout the business and public sectors. The vision is delivered by exploiting a mix of EU, national and regional funds to engage with organisations that are predominantly active in downstream applications sectors.
The South Coast Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications grows business investment by expanding the community of businesses investing in collaborative projects using satellite services (Communication, Navigation & Earth Observation) and data analytics, ultimately leading to an expanding portfolio of new products and services across a variety of application sectors.
The South West Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications is a South West collaboration between Exeter University, Plymouth University and Falmouth University working in close partnership with Goonhilly Earth Station and has commercial partner backing from Plymouth Marine Laboratory and Rothamsted Research. The Centre has a vision to accelerate the growth of the region’s space industry with specialists in the marine, ehealth, agritech and business sectors, exploiting satellite data through innovation.
The Satellite Applications Catapult has established the Knowledge Exchange (KE) programme to help us develop a deeper understanding of the scientific research base in the UK that is relevant to the Space sector. To further develop our engagement with universities, we have established a network of joint-funded positions known as Knowledge Exchange Fellowships.
Knowledge Exchange Fellows operate at a strategic level with their university. They work to identify intersections of existing or intended research strengths and un-met commercial need, and to promote and drive the development of agreed inter-disciplinary research and exploitation themes which will appeal to businesses and lead to commercialisation.
We currently have five Knowledge Exchange fellows across the country