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 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 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 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 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