Satellite technology

North East space conference gives firms the opportunity to enable a better world

Around 200 delegates will visit the space conference and exhibition in Newcastle, to hear how they can play a part in commercialising applications which are rapidly changing the way we all live and interact with our environment.

Opportunities in a £40 billion market are set to be explored by innovative firms from across the region at the third annual North East Satellite Applications Annual Conference and Exhibition, entitled ‘Satellites Enabling a Better World’. 

Around 200 delegates are expected at the event on 9 March, representing the North East’s broad business base, including key service providers and end users in industries from high tech engineering to software development companies.

The conference programme gives attendees the opportunity to hear from experts at the forefront of utilising, developing and commercialising data-led satellite applications, including Telespazio, Uber, PD Ports, UK Space Agency, Tactical Wireless, Seraphim, NERC, Sterling GEO, Environment Agency, Innovate UK and the Satellite Applications Catapult.

Estimates say the UK satellite technology market will be worth around £40 billion by 2030 – about a tenth of the total global market. The North East is at the forefront of this market and regional companies are developing and commercialising data-led satellite applications which are rapidly changing the way we live and interact with our environment.

Graeme Miller, innovation adviser at the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence said: “The North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence has been supporting companies for over 3 years to create more and better jobs for the region by working with industry to help deliver new and disruptive applications. 

 “This conference is an exciting forum which raises awareness of the opportunities in the space sector for companies in the region, including how to begin delivering into high tech supply chains, understanding new applications for products within the space industry and understanding the support available in the North East to help along the way."

He added: “The North East is well known for its culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, and with support provided by the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence and the world class academic expertise within the Universities of Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside, companies in the region are well placed to take advantage of this significant growth opportunity.”

John Bone, chief commercial officer of event partners Telespazio VEGA UK said: “This is an unprecedented time for the space industry. Many industries, new to the space domain, are looking to space enabled applications to drive growth and solve their issues in a more cost effective manner than terrestrial solutions.  This has been demonstrated by the wider use of satellites for communications, navigation and the use of earth observation information for novel solutions.

“The UK government has recognised this and has put in place bodies and funding mechanisms such as the Satellite Applications Catapult and programmes such as the National Space Technology Programme (NSTP) to facilitate the growth of the industry and achieve the UK Government growth target of 10% of the global space market by 2030.

“The 'Satellites Enabling a Better World' conference is focused on these opportunities, enabling companies from around the North East region and beyond to understand the opportunities which can be enabled by satellite data and services and to join this stimulating and growing industry.”

John added: “I am particularly looking forward to seeing the results of the challenges which will be put forward by the challenge holders in the afternoon session. I believe this will be a great way of demonstrating real benefit and positive outcomes to all those attending the conference.”

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