Business opportunities using satellite technology

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  • Location Sterling Geo, North Road, Loughborough, LE11 1QJ

Applications in climate, environment, weather, energy, utilities, logistics, transportation, gaming, security, smart cities, healthcare, tourism, IoT

This specialist networking event is being run by LATi on behalf of The iNet and Loughborough University Space Incubator programme.  

Migrating birds, detecting illegal mining, monitoring environmental changes, keeping motorcyclists safe and monitoring volcanic plumes – real-world problems that are being tackled with satellite data.……

This event is designed to raise awareness of the ways in which using space-enabled data can enhance your products and services enabling you to differentiate your offering from the competition. It aims to provide useful insight into the range of information available and how to access and incorporate satellite data. Using satellite imagery, navigation, positioning, precision timing and communications places you in the ‘space sector’ which opens up new opportunities for funding and support.

Showcasing local satellite data capability

We are delighted to showcase two highly innovative local companies who have both built great business propositions on the back of ‘space-enabled data and services’: 

You will get to hear about the technology they use, the applications and services they are developing, the real-world challenges they’re solving, and the new markets they’re addressing using satellite data.

Funding and support available locally and nationally

Explaining where the opportunities are and how to access them, Ian Downey of the European Space Agency – Integrated Applications Promotion (ESA IAP) UK Ambassador Platform will talk about what’s happening in the UK and across Europe and the significant opportunities available for businesses setting up in the sector. Pauline Graham of The iNet will wrap up the session by outlining the local funding and support available.


3:00 - 3:15 - Registration and refreshments

3:15 - 3:20 - Welcome

3:20- 3:45 - Ian Downey, ESA IAP UK Ambassador Platform – The ‘Space-Enabled’ marketplace, Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) Programme and opportunities in the Space Industry

3:45 - 4:10 - Roland Leigh, EarthSense Systems – Earth Observation of Air Quality

4:10 - 4:35 – Sam Campbell, Sterling Geo – Space Data “Powered” Applications

4:35 - 5:00 - Sterling Geo – Demo of wealth of Satellite Data available today

5:00 - 5:15 – Pauline Graham, The iNet – Support from the iNet and LU Space Incubator

5:15 - 5:30 - Q&A & Networking 

5:30 Close

Time for networking

You will have an opportunity to network with other attendees and meet the speakers before and after the event.


Ian Downey Ian Downey

Ian Downey, UK Ambassador for ESA’s Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) programme

Ian will provide an overview of the context around opportunities for utilising space, talking about how ‘space-enabled data’ is part of ESA's Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) Programme and how it fits with the UK Innovation and Growth Strategy, which was launched in 2010, with a goal of raising the UK’s share of the global space market to 10% (i.e. £40Bn) by 2030, with an interim goal of reaching a UK space industry turnover of £19Bn by 2020. 

The ESA IAP Ambassador Platform conducts outreach and awareness raising activities for the IAP programme and satellite applications across multiple sectors in the UK. The UK Ambassador Platform is hosted jointly with the Satellite Applications Catapult and ECSAT (the European Centre for Satellite Applications and Telecommunications) on the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire. 

Sam Campbell Sam Campbell

Sam Campbell of Sterling Geo Sales and Business Development

Sam will talk about the company’s involvement in the Space for Smarter Government Programme (SSGP), funded by UK Space Agency (UKSA), and their role in the 1:100 initiative to engage with 100 government bodies to identify earth observation data “powered” applications that deliver answers to challenges, such as protecting environmentally sensitive areas, identifying illegal builds, managing greenspace and flood analytics. Sterling Geo will also demo what satellite data is available, how to access it, and how it all works.

Sterling Geo, engineer solutions that transform spaceborne, airborne and terrestrial data into accurate, actionable information. Working both within the research and development and commercial sectors, the company is at the forefront of all major changes and challenges that face the geospatial industry.

Roland Leigh Roland Leigh

Professor Roland Leigh Technical Director of EarthSense Systems and Chief Executive of the East Midlands Centre of Excellence for the Satellite Applications Catapult

Roland will cover the use of earth observation in air quality information systems and show some recent examples of applications developed and services delivered.

EarthSense is a new joint venture company between the University of Leicester and Bluesky International Ltd. Established in September 2016, EarthSense provides innovative solutions to enable more effective decision-making in the area of air quality. Capabilities across Earth Observation, monitoring, modelling and operational system development are applied to deliver solutions to industrial, personal and local authority needs.

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Pauline Graham, Innovation Advisor with The iNet

Pauline will outline the support and funding from The iNet through the LU Space Incubator programme and other programmes. 

The iNet and the LU Space Incubator Programme run a number of business support and funding programmes to help small and medium sized businesses to innovate and grow.  This programme works in partnership with UK Space Agency and is one of a several programmes in the UK Space Incubator Network.


Who should attend

The event is open to anyone who is interested in looking at opportunities in this sector, including established enterprises, new businesses and those yet to start a business. Is particularly relevant if your business idea is about providing answers to challenges around climate, environment, weather, energy, utilities, logistics, transportation, gaming, security, smart cities, healthcare .. telemedicine. The list is endless – the opportunities immense!  

Academics are also welcome to attend. Spaces are strictly limited.

Where: Sterling Geo, Loughborough

When: Thursday, 6th July from 3 – 5:30pm

Free to attend

This event is proving to be very popular.  Priority will be given to high-tech, scientific and engineering SMEs, new start-ups and pre-start-ups and we may have to limit places to one attendee per organisation. Duplicate delegates and those from other organisations may have to be added to a waiting list.

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