Satellite Applications



December 2016



Disruptive Innovation for Space Centre 3

In-Orbit Demonstration 4

Launch of the Seraphim Space Fund 5

BBC Breakfast Comes to the Catapult 5

UK Achieves Outstanding Success in

European Space Innovation Competitions 6

Catapult-Featured Thread – Agri-Tech 7

Innovate UK Space Entrepreneurs Mission 3 to California 7

Sentinel 2 Data Now Available on SEDAS Platform 8

Improving Mobile Healthcare in Rural Areas of Peru 8

Professor Nick Veck Receives his MBE 9

Colombia IDO Innovation Summit and Caribbean Coast Visit 10

World Agri-Tech Investment Summit 10

Eyes on the Seas to Monitor New Marine Reserve 11

Update from our US Ambassador 12

Farfield Antenna Test Range 13

STEM Ambassador Programme Yearly Overview 13

SPIN Showcase Event 14

Hosting Operations for the Mars Rover Trails Mission 15

Centres of Excellence Networking Event 15

Imperial College/Royal College of Art Chilean Workshop 16

Royal Geographical Society 2017 Membership Card 16

Satellite Finance Network – Elevator Pitch Training 17

Events Round-Up 17

Forthcoming Events 18

Welcome –

Stuart Martin

As 2016 speeds to a close, we’ve

squeezed in a final version of

Aurora for the year to update you

on more of our current projects

and activities. This edition

includes some initial concepts

for the Disruptive Innovation for

Space Centre (DISC) which will

bring a unique facility to the UK

to help accelerate the creation

of new products and services.

We also discuss our In-Orbit

Demonstration programme, being

delivered in partnership with

Innovate UK, which is a fantastic

opportunity for companies to test

their applications and services

in space, and we take a glimpse

at some of the international

activities we are opening up for

companies in countries such as

Peru, Colombia and Chile.

I do hope you enjoy your read,

and I wish you all a very Merry

Christmas and look forward to

working with you in 2017!

Artist’s drawing of planned DISC building

Disruptive Innovation for Space Centre

With the support from Innovate UK, we

are creating the Disruptive Innovation for

Space Centre (DISC), which will provide

equipment and expertise to enable UK

companies to accelerate the process of

creating innovative new products and

growing their businesses.

Currently, small and medium-sized

enterprises (SMEs) are restricted in the

availability of high-tech laboratory space,

as the design, manufacturing and test

equipment is too expensive to acquire

and maintain. DISC addresses these

challenges for UK industry by providing

access to capabilities that integrate digital

design, rapid prototyping, automated

testing and manufacturing technologies.

These are geared towards the acceleration

of innovation, testing of disruptive ideas

and technologies, and manufacturing of

prototype products.

To capitalise on existing infrastructure,

DISC will leverage complementary

capabilities in universities, other

research institutions and industry where

this can be made available. The UK has

some of the best universities in the world

and to tap into UK academia the DISC

team will broker collaboration between

industrial organisations and research

teams for use of the facilities. In the future,

we are hoping to launch an apprentice

scheme to train the next generation of

space engineers.

This new facility will support industrial and

academic teams in taking an innovative

R&D project from proof of concept all

the way through to a full-sized prototype,

manufactured at quality levels and scales

sufficient to undertake end-customer

validation. Access to DISC will be charged

at competitive rates and teams will be able

to base themselves at DISC throughout

the project’s duration.

If you have an idea or want to know

more about how DISC could help you,

please email disc-support@sa.catapult. and find out how this new facility

can potentially support your innovation

and growth.

Author Paul Febvre Aurora | December 2016 | Page 3

Delivering IOD

missions means

that we can create

the right ecosystem

to help technology

providers, service

providers and

customers to partner

and solve genuine

business needs.

© NanoRacks

CubeSats deployed from NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD) on the International Space Station

In-Orbit Demonstration Programme

Demonstrating a proof of concept is one

of the major barriers for companies looking

to exploit a space technology or enable a

new service from space. Historically, inspace

test models have mainly focused on

technology developers with the resources

to put their instruments in space, prove a

capability and then seek a relevant market

or commercial opportunity.

The support from the Catapult to deliver

the mission means that we can create

the right ecosystem; helping technology

providers, service providers and

customers to partner and solve genuine

business needs. IOD is about providing

the operational and business support to

develop the service and enabling

access to space.

This programme is

now open, the four

missions have flexible

dates, if you have

an idea or would

like to find out

more information,

please contact:

The UK is now driving innovation in this

area with a programme that is looking

to springboard new commercial space

services by offering a low-cost space

test-bed that builds on the UK’s existing

proven space-flight heritage in UKube-1

and TDS-1.

The In-Orbit Demonstration programme

(IOD) has been developed by Innovate

UK and is managed by the Catapult. The

programme is supported by a £1.5 million

investment which provides four separate

CubeSat platforms to be launched by

NanoRacks from the International Space

Station, via its Space Act Agreement

with NASA’s US National Lab. The

four missions are designed to enable

any company with a clear commercial

proposition and a route to market for their

service to be able to test their service

concept on a 3U CubeSat platform from

Clyde Space.

IOD is about demonstrating services

in areas such as, but not limited to:

maritime surveillance; climate applications;

agriculture; natural resource management;

the Internet of Things; exploitation of

Galileo PRS; transport; smart cities, and

location-based services.

Artists impression of CubeSats in space

The programme is open now: the four

missions have flexible dates, but the team

are looking to select the first mission by

April 2017. The first step is to contact the

IOD team to register your interest and to

discuss your idea. The team will then work

with you to identify the support you need

to design and develop the mission. The

mission concept will then progress to the

IOD Board for selection approval. Each

mission will have its own costs according

the scope and scale: partners will be

required to contribute, but the Catapult

is also able to help with identifying

potential funding.

Contact the IOD team at iod@sa.catapult. and find out more about the

programme at

Authors Kirsten Robinson/Terri Freemantle Aurora | December 2016 | Page 4

The Seraphim Space

Fund is offering

£80 million to invest

in commercial

applications in

both software

and hardware

opportunities that

have potential space


Launch of the Seraphim Space Fund

The UK space sector is delighted to see

the launch of the world’s first, early-stage,

space-sector venture fund. The Seraphim

Space Fund – focussed on space-related

technology businesses – is targeting an

£80 million final close during the next two

quarters and is backed by a £30 million

investment from the British Business Bank

(made under its Enterprise Capital Funds

[ECF] programme) alongside smart capital

from leading international space companies,

family offices and individual investors. It will

invest in commercial applications in both

software and hardware opportunities, as

well as in technologies that have potential

space applications such as artificial

intelligence, robotics and nanomaterials.

Stuart Martin, Catapult CEO, said: “We

have no doubt that the launch of the

Seraphim Space Fund will be a gamechanging

boost to the UK space industry.

Given its broad remit, there are big

opportunities for stakeholders of all

sizes – from start-ups through to SMEs

and larger organisations – to benefit from

the investment available, further proving

the value of satellite-derived data in

delivering commercial advantage and

social innovation. We look forward to

supporting the fund’s activities through

our network and central role in the

space and satellite applications start-up

ecosystem in the UK.”

Author: Conor O’Sullivan

John Maguire from

BBC Breakfast

interviewed Stuart

Martin and Catherine

Mealing-Jones, UK

Space Agency on the

growing opportunities

for businesses and

start-ups using

space data.

John Maguire presenting BBC Breakfast at the Satellite Applications Catapult

BBC Breakfast Comes to the Catapult

On Tuesday 29 November, John Maguire

from BBC Breakfast presented live from the

Satellite Applications Catapult some of the

amazing new technologies being developed

from satellite data. There were six live

presentations altogether, which included

a short video compiled from three of the

winning technologies developed for the

European Satellite Navigation Competition

and Copernicus Masters. Stuart Martin,

CEO of the Catapult, and Catherine

Mealing-Jones, Director for Growth,

Applications and EU Programmes at the UK

Space Agency, were both interviewed to

inform viewers of some of the opportunities

that are now available in this sector for

start-ups, SMEs and industry, as well as

the benefits that space technologies bring

to us here on Earth. To view these clips

please visit:


Author Kirsten Robinson Aurora | December 2016 | Page 5

Out of over 500

entries from 17

countries, the UK

finalists won five

awards and the top

prize of €10,000

to invest in their


UK Achieves Outstanding Success in

European Space Innovation Competitions

UK companies and universities have

achieved fantastic results in Europe’s

biggest space technology innovation

competitions that recognise great ideas

with commercial potential. Out of a field

of over 500 entries from 17 countries, five

UK finalists came home with an award

and the top prize of €10,000 to invest in

their technology.

UK winning ideas include a low-cost early

detection system for unmanned aerial

vehicles (UAVs), a smartphone sleeve

to enable access to the Galileo Public

Regulatory Service (PRS; an encrypted

navigation service for governmental

authorised users), a UK wildfire monitoring

service and a smart navigation device for


©University of Strathclyde

Further prizes went to Blubel who

won European Space Agency's Space

Solutions ® prize, offering a smart

navigation device that can intuitively guide

cyclists, using a mix of sounds and lights

along cycle-friendly routes. The device

enables exchange of information between

the cyclists, building social navigation

that is dynamic to the cyclists’ preferable

routes and adapts to the ever-changing

conditions on the roads in real-time.

The University of

Strathclyde was the

overall ESNC winner

with a low-cost sensor

and satellite navigation

technology for early

detection of UAVs.

The University of Strathclyde – Overall

Winner and Regional Winner (UK)

of European Satellite Navigation

Competition (ESNC)

A ‘silent lookout’ system that uses lowcost

sensors and satellite navigation

technology for the early detection of UAVs,

addressing growing concerns over public

safety, security and privacy, has won

Europe’s leading satellite navigation ideas


Nottingham Scientific Ltd (NSL) in

partnership with QinetiQ

They were awarded the PRS prize for their

innovative mobile phone ‘GRIPPA’ sleeve

which has been specifically developed to

help government-authorised users access

the PRS more easily and securely for critical

applications. Potential customers for PRS

include the emergency services, critical

national infrastructure, law enforcement,

public security and defence operations.

The University of Manchester – Winner,

Copernicus Masters Sustainable Living


Dr Gail Millin-Chalabi, Dr Ioanna Tantanasi

and Dr Stefania Amici from the School of

Environment, Education and Development

(SEED) at the University of Manchester

won first place in the Copernicus

Masters Sustainable Living Challenge

with EnviroSAR, a UK wildfire monitoring

service that uses satellite Earth observation

data. Fire and rescue services spend

around £55 million every year fighting UK

wildfires that damage unique habitats, such

as the UK’s moorlands and heathlands,

and discolour drinking water supplies,

creating clean-up costs estimated at

around £80 million nationally every five

years for water companies alone.

ESNC winners from the University of Strathclyde

GoWalk were winners of the GNSS Living

Lab Prize, providing a health and wellbeing

coach technology specifically designed

for elderly people. GoWalk is designed as

a keyfob with a GPS tracker, battery and

wireless recharger that can be attached to

house-keys, so that people naturally take it

with them when they leave home. GoWalk

encourages people to maintain a regular

fitness routine by using gamification

techniques such as targets and leader

boards, and displays results in an email,

or on a tablet or laptop.

Author: Kirsten Robinson

Stuart Martin presenting Award to EnviroSAR team,

winners of the Copernicus Masters Sustainable

Living Challenge Aurora | December 2016 | Page 6

Our Agri-Tech Thread

vision is to: ‘ensure

satellite technologies

and enabled systems

support the agriculture

sector in delivering

proactive agriculture

insight and decision


Catapult-Featured Thread – Agri-Tech

Agri-Tech Thread impact aligned with the UN’s Global Goals

In our last newsletter, we introduced the

concept of ‘Threads’ – these are activities

that underpin our four main programmes

and explore new concepts to find areas

of opportunity for the satellite and user

communities. Each Thread identifies where

there is an opportunity to create impact in

terms of revenue and jobs, outcomes that

can be achieved for the community and

activities we plan to undertake to achieve

the outcomes.

Our featured Thread for this edition is

Agri-Tech, which is being developed with a

vision ‘to ensure satellite technologies and

enabled systems support the agriculture

sector in delivering proactive agriculture

insight and decision support’.

Today, such ‘fast-track’ testing is

cumbersome and one of the biggest

bottlenecks in bringing agri-tech to

market. Even the most promising satellitebased

agri-tech solutions – such as

monitoring of crop growth, creation of risk

maps for agriculture pests and diseases,

and plotting nitrogen maps for the variable

rate application of agri inputs – have

moved very slowly from feasibility studies

to demonstration at large scale and then

market launch.

The Agri-Tech Thread

is expected to make

it easier and faster

to test new agri-tech

solutions underpinned

by satellite-based

technologies and


Agriculture has played a critical role in

the evolution of human kind and human

civilisation throughout history, and

today sits in a critical space in the global

challenge we are facing to preserve the

Earth’s resources for future generations.

Therefore, the Agri-Tech Thread’s impact

is clearly aligned with the UN’s Global

Goals for Sustainable Development. We

have identified six specific Sustainable

Development Goals that we are working to

contribute to.

The overall objectives from the Agri-Tech

Thread will be generated via the creation

and roll-out of the satellite applications

farm demonstration platform. This model,

underpinned by collaboration, will be

based on the exploitation of virtual (data

centres and cloud systems) and physical

(farm plots and test areas) environments

where the new breed of agri-tech

innovation supported by satellite-based

technologies and applications will be

refined and validated.

The outcome of the Agri-Tech Thread

should be to make it easier and faster to

test new agri-tech solutions underpinned

by satellite-based technologies and

applications. This in turn will allow faster

routes to market for new solutions

and secure greater and faster uptake.

In particular, advancements in using

synthetic aperture radar (SAR) to

monitor crop growth may offer the

best opportunities in the near future for

commercial success in the UK, as well

as abroad.

Authors: Mark Jarman/Francesco Liucci

Innovate UK Space Entrepreneurs

Mission 3 to California

The Catapult is pleased to have supported

10 of the UK’s leading space sector startups

and SMEs in their recent mission to

the United States. The mission’s purpose

was to showcase these businesses to

a range of potential US investors and

customers/partners, in order to support

their growth as they make connections

with the largest space market in the

world. This was the third time that the

Catapult has worked closely with Innovate

UK and Chinwag, the mission sponsor

and organiser respectively, to ensure

the companies were fully prepared to Aurora | December 2016 | Page 7

The Catapult

supported 10 of the

UK’s leading space

sector start-ups and

SMEs in their recent

mission to the

United States.

pitch to US investors. This involved

plenty of pitch practice, investor panels

and tough questions! All of this work is

invaluable in a company’s development,

particularly in terms of putting their best

foot forward when it comes to raising


Chinwag CEO Sam Michel has written an

interesting blog about the mission for more



Author: Conor O’Sullivan

Sentinel 2 Data Now Available on

SEDAS Platform

Following the recent launch of the new

Sentinel Data Access Service (SEDAS),

Sentinel-2 data is now available, providing

users with invaluable new data through the

online data hub.

© Copyright ESA

SEDAS was launched earlier this year

as a new online data hub to enable UK

end-users to access Copernicus Earth

observation data. The project is jointly

funded by the UK Space Agency and the


The addition of Sentinel-2 data provides

global coverage of the Earth’s land

surface every 10 days in wide-area,

high-resolution, multispectral imagery.

The newly available data will help monitor

the Earth in areas such as deforestation,

food security, disaster monitoring and

coastal pollution. This is particularly useful

for ongoing studies, especially for the

agricultural sector, emergency services,

and organisations monitoring inland

waterways and coastal areas.

Sentinel-2A Eastern United Kingdom,

10 September 2016

So far, more than 100 organisations have

used the SEDAS portal and we anticipate

this growing significantly following the

availability of Sentinel-2 data. Explore the

platform by visiting:

Author: Louise Hetherton

The addition of

Sentinel-2 data into

the SEDAS platform

provides global

coverage of the

Earth’s land surface

every 10 days.

Improving Mobile Healthcare in Rural

Areas of Peru

Peruvian Ministry of Health visitors at the eHealth

Insider Live event in Birmingham

A recent visit to the UK of two

representatives from the Peruvian

Ministry of Health (MINSA) provided a

great opportunity for them to learn about

industry trends in digital health and gain

insights from British experts in this field.

This was the latest in a series of

activities being delivered through the

mHealthConnect Project ‘Improving

Connection of Peru Mobile Healthcare

Facilities in Rural Areas’ being

implemented jointly by the Catapult and

Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University. The

project – focused on improving healthcare Aurora | December 2016 | Page 8

Our workshop brought

together decisionmaking


with Peru’s health and

social care sector to

disseminate project

objectives and

achievements so far.

Delegates at Peru workshop

provision in remote Amazonian areas in

northern Peru – has financial support from

the British Embassy in Lima and the Peru

Prosperity Fund programme. It aims to

share knowledge, education and good

practice in the field, as well as the transfer

of technology, products and services

with our partners in Peru in the long term,

enabling them to build a more sustainable,

resilient and well-connected healthcare


Along with Cayetano Heredia, we will

analyse and research the technological

gaps that can better support patients

and practitioners in the local Peruvian

communities, focussing predominately on

maternal, new-born and child health, as

well as tropical disease.

Pushing the digital modernisation


During their visit, the MINSA

representatives and Catapult staff

attended EHI Live, the UK’s leading

digital health exhibition, where they had

the opportunity to meet and discuss

with professionals and suppliers working

in the eHealth and mHealth domains.

The delegation was able to contrast

health systems in Peru and the UK, see

new products, and understand how

IT solutions available within the UK

industry could be used to improve Peru’s

domestic infrastructure and services. It

also provided new ideas for Peru’s digital

modernisation agenda.

Information sharing with Peruvian


A second project workshop took place to

share feedback on 23 November in Lima.

This workshop brought together several

decision-making organisations within

Peru’s health and social care sector in

order to disseminate the project objectives

and achievements so far. Attendees

were updated on past and ongoing

initiatives and experiences from Peruvian

organisations in eHealth and mHealth. The

workshop concluded with a roundtable

session to discuss the sector’s needs from

a government’s perspective as input into

the project’s long-term objectives.

Author: Estel Blay

Professor Nick Veck,

the Catapult's Head

of Strategy, recently

received his MBE

from Her Majesty the


© The Crown. Photographed by British Ceremonial Arts Ltd

The Catapult celebrates with Professor Nick Veck who received his MBE from Her Majesty The Queen.

Professor Nick Veck Receives his MBE

On 2 December, Professor Nick Veck,

the Catapult's Head of Strategy, received

his MBE from the Queen at Buckingham

Palace. We are so proud of him and wanted

to share his honoured moment with you.

Nick was awarded the MBE in the

Queen’s 2016 Birthday Honours list

for services to environmental science.

Author: Karen Rogers Aurora | December 2016 | Page 9

Mark Jarman, Senior

EO Specialist, visited

the Caribbean coast of

Colombia to discuss

opportunities for

the use of satellite

technologies to

support regional


The World Agri-Tech

Investment Summit

brought together

global agribusinesses,


capital investors and

technology start-ups

from around the world.

Mark Jarman providing mentoring support at the IDO Innovation Summit

Colombia IDO Innovation Summit and

Caribbean Coast Visit

In late November, Senior Earth

Observation Specialist Mark Jarman

visited the city of Barranquilla on the

Caribbean Coast of Colombia to discuss

and present opportunities for the use of

satellite technologies to support regional

development. This was at the request of

the UK Department for International Trade

(DIT) and the British Embassy in Bogota,

with whom the Catapult has been actively

working on several projects and initiatives

over the past two years.

As part of the trip, we were invited as

a main speaker to give talks and to

provide hackathon mentoring support

at the IDO Innovation Summit, an event

organised jointly by the Embassy and

SENA (National Technical and Vocational

Centre). Attended by 20,000 people

from business, academia and local

government across two days, the event

Held in London on 2-3 November 2016,

the World Agri-Tech Investment Summit

brought together global agri-businesses,

venture capital investors and technology

start-ups from around the world to

uncover the most exciting innovations in

agricultural technology, and to forge the

right partnerships to take those solutions

focused on thematic areas of innovation

in agriculture, mobility and education

which are central development topics

in the region. Talks we were involved in

were centred around precision farming

opportunities and current use and

opportunities for exploiting satellite


During the trip, we also met with several

local and national businesses, agencies

and academic institutes including SENA,

Norte University and Gobernacion.

The region is looking to exploit satellite

technologies with increasing amounts of

funding becoming available. Following the

trip, we hope that opportunities to support

regional development across focus areas

of agriculture, mobility and education will

be offered in the short to medium term.

World Agri-Tech Investment Summit

Author: Mark Jarman

to market. Attracting delegations from the

US, Europe, the Middle East and Africa,

the summit aimed to address accelerating

the transition of technology from the lab

to the field.

Attended by Mark Jarman and Francesco

Luicci, who are co-ordinating agricultural Aurora | December 2016 | Page 10

We are on the verge

of a new landscape

for agri-businesses,

driven by large-scale

mergers and innovation

around data and crop


development through our newly

established Agri-Tech Thread (see

page 7), we also hosted two leading UK

SMEs – GeoSpatial Insight and KissanHub

– on our exhibition stand, both of which

are exploiting space technologies within

the agri-tech sector.

The summit consisted of a number of

panel sessions focusing on different facets

of agri-tech (technology, business models,

genetics/plant science, biologicals,

incubators and growth, investment

opportunities, emerging technologies,

big data analytics). It was evident to all in

attendance that we are on the verge of a

new landscape for agri-businesses at a

range of scales, particularly driven by

large-scale mergers and the innovation

around data and crop genetics that is

occurring. The consistent message given

by all panel members was the need for

collaboration between businesses as no

one business will be able to deliver the

solutions required alone. How achievable

this is remains to be seen.

Author: Mark Jarman

Eyes on the Seas

provided ongoing

monitoring to the

Ascension Island

authorities through a

satellite surveillance

project through a jointly

funded initiative.

Coastal area around Ascension Island

Project Eyes on the Seas to Monitor New

Marine Reserve

Working with the Ascension Island’s

marine management authorities, the

Catapult has recently completed

an initiative to provide effective and

enforceable measures for the South

Atlantic Ocean island through our ‘Eyes on

the Seas’ technology.

Eyes on the Seas is a joint initiative with

The Pew Charitable Trusts that combines

powerful analytical technology, satellite

monitoring and imagery data, and expert

fisheries analysts in order to deliver

insights into the compliance of fishing

vessels on a global scale.

around existing fisheries and introduced

stricter licensing and monitoring criteria.

To maximise the fisheries patrol vessel’s

effectiveness, Eyes on the Seas provided

ongoing monitoring to the Ascension

Island authorities through a satellite

surveillance project jointly funded by

Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford

The work preceded the recent

announcement by the British Minister of

State for Europe and the Americas, Sir

Alan Duncan, that by 2019, Ascension

Island would be a Marine Protected Area

(MPA). With scientific analysis, the island

has strengthened its legislation framework

Tracking fishing boats through AIS at sea Aurora | December 2016 | Page 11

“Being situated in the

middle of the Atlantic

we need to utilise

these new remote

sensing technologies

where viable to help

us achieve our goal.”

Director of Conservation &

Fisheries, Ascension Island

and the Royal Society for the Protection

of Birds. This analysis also helped the

Government understand the threat level of

illegal fishing in their waters.

Using our Eyes on the Seas solution, we

have been able to analyse radar imagery

alongside Automatic Identification System

and other fisheries data. This provided

the Ascension Island Government with

up-to-date intelligence which was used to

direct the fisheries patrol vessel to areas

at greater risk of illegal, unreported and

unregulated (IUU) fishing or to investigate

areas where ‘dark targets’ had been

detected. Following the UK Government’s

recent announcement, we hope there will be

further opportunities to work with Ascension

Island in monitoring its designated MPA.

Dr Judith Brown, Director of Conservation

& Fisheries, Ascension Island Government,

commented: “Protecting the unique

biodiversity and the marine resources of

Ascension is one of the Government’s core

objectives and being situated in the middle

of the Atlantic we need to utilise these new

remote sensing technologies where viable

to help us achieve this goal.”

Author: Nick Wise

Update from our US Ambassador

Water management is

currently a key issue

for Florida as there are

competing demands

on water resources

from residential,

leisure and agriculture


Gulf of Mexico Situational Awareness


In early 2017, a situational awareness

trial is being planned using vessels from

the US Coast Guard, District 8 and Texas

Parks and Wildlife Department. The

trial will be used to establish whether

fibreglass vessels can be detected,

within a predefined box, using synthetic

aperture radar (SAR) from satellites.

Several scenarios will be observed,

including different sizes and speeds of

vessels. Several date options are needed

to ensure that the trial can be conducted

in appropriate sea conditions. Initiated and

led by the Catapult’s US Ambassador, we

have reached out to data service providers

to establish their interest in supporting the

project and provide data. There has been

a good response to this and three sets

of dates have been set provisionally for

February 2017.

Water Management in Florida

The Catapult presented at a Sustainable

Water Resources Round Table (SWRR)

at Babcock Ranch, Florida, on 14-15

December. SWRR is a Federal advisory

committee that meets in Washington DC

at least once a year and goes to other

locations in the US at least annually. For

this meeting, Florida Earth Foundation hosts

SWRR in Southwest Florida at Florida Gulf

Coast University and uses Babcock Ranch,

America's newest "City of Tomorrow", as

a case study of innovation and inspiration

for water-related solutions to environmental

and development problems.

Water management is currently a key

issue for Florida as there are competing

demands on water resources from

residential, leisure and agricultural

activities. Sea level rise is resulting in

salt-water intrusion into the aquifers, and

landscaping and agricultural practices are

releasing large amounts of phosphorous

into the delicate aquatic environment.

Managing the consequences of these

practices and environmental changes is a

priority for the state and there is interest

in new methods for monitoring change in

pollutants and salt-water intrusion.

The event attracted delegates from

IBM, Florida Power and Light, the

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),

Florida Earth Foundation, the Everglades

Foundation and the Florida Commissioner

of Agriculture. A number of other

companies and organisations involved

in the Babcock Ranch development will

also be in attendance including: IBM, GE

Water, FP&L, Deloitte, Arup, NASA and

key players from the insurance sector.

There is an opportunity to work with the

Everglades Foundation on a specific

project focused on detecting phosphorous

levels in water bodies and developing new

clean-up technologies.


RMS is headquartered in the Silicon Valley

and is a global leader of information to

financial institutions and public agencies

to understand, quantify and manage risk

from earthquakes, hurricanes, floods,

terrorism and infectious diseases. We were

Debris blocking road during a hurricane Aurora | December 2016 | Page 12

RMS in Silicon

Valley is looking to

understand, quantify

and manage risk

from earthquakes,

hurricanes, floods,

terrorism and

infectious diseases.

introduced to RMS by the British Consul

General in Miami and have coordinated a

meeting between our technical staff and

RMS’s office in the Thames Valley. The

main meeting took place on 13 December,

with discussions and topics of interest


• catastrophe risk modelling and use of

remote sensing data

• event response – intelligence needed

to provide loss assessments to the

insurance sector.

Author: Cathy Johnson

Farfield Range test facilities – Harwell

Farfield Antenna Test Range

We are delighted to report that the Farfield

Antenna Test Range will be ‘open for

business’ from February 2017, providing

the UK with a new antenna test range,

which replaces the UK’s capability that

was previously available at Cobham until

December 2015.

The Catapult’s new

Farfield Range will be

‘open for business’

from February 2017.

The new facility is located on the Harwell

campus and offers a 400-metre antenna

test range that can be used for the

development characterisation and type

approval of satellite communication

antenna for satellite telecommunications

networks. The range offers the capability

to test satellite communication bands

C, Ka, Ku and X, helping satellite

communication terminal manufacturers

develop and test new products.

Access to the range can be booked

through the Catapult via ffr@sa.catapult.

This UK capability is already attracting

interest from international companies

and we believe in time will draw major

Farfield Range antenna

satellite manufacturers to Harwell,

generating new opportunities for us and

the wider Harwell and space community.

Author: Lorraine Moody

STEM Ambassador Programme Yearly


2016 has been a tremendous year for

the Satellite Applications Catapult STEM

Ambassador Programme, growing the

number of ambassadors from eight to

20 between January and December.

This figure is increased further with the

inclusion of interns who participated in the

eight-week Space Placements in Industry

(SPIN) programme during the summer.

The STEM Ambassador programme is

designed for Catapult staff to take part Aurora | December 2016 | Page 13

Students visiting the

Catapult were able to

measure the speed of

light with a microwave

and build a working

pocket satellite.

in outreach and engagement activities at

the Harwell Campus, and in primary and

secondary schools around the UK.

Amongst this year’s activities was a

celebration of World Space Week, when

ambassadors engaged with secondary

students in a day at the Catapult,

measuring the speed of light with a

microwave and building a working pocket

satellite. Our ambassadors also visited

local primary schools, running activities

and engaging the students on topics

including monitoring illegal fishing. This

involved the students building a satellite

and boat from tinfoil and a paper plate.

Ambassadors also engaged with the wider

public, as part of their remit around public

education and emphasising that satellites

really are for everyone and affect our daily

lives in so many ways. Activities included

presenting at the Oxfordshire Science

Festival and the Rutherford Appleton

Laboratories Talking Science Programme.

Christopher Duff, STEM Engagement

Manager, said: “It is really encouraging to

see the number of Catapult staff signed up

as STEM Ambassadors, and the growth

in the level of interest from schools. With

the expansion of the UK space sector,

an increasing number of ambassadors

Catapult’s STEM Ambassadors

engaging with more schools, and

growing awareness and understanding

of how satellites underpin all of our lives,

we are confident that this will result in

greater opportunities for school students

in the future.”

Feedback from the schools has been

extremely positive, with one primary

school teacher saying: “The children

absolutely loved it! They were talking

about it all afternoon and were so excited

to show their parents the satellites that

they had made. We were so impressed

with how you communicated with the

children, engaged them in the subject

and were incredibly organised with all the

resources! Only 100% positive feedback.”

Author: Nafeesa Dajda

25 companies across

the UK hosted

27 internships for

this year’s Space

Placements in Industry

(SPIN) scheme.

SPIN Showcase Event

During the summer, 25 companies hosted

37 internships for this year’s Space

Placements in Industry (SPIN) scheme.

This culminated in a Showcase Event

at the Reinventing Space Conference

on 26 October, where participating

students gave short presentations about

their industrial projects and showcased

their work at a poster exhibition. The

afternoon careers session led by

representative from SMEs, large business

and government organisations was a

huge success. There was also a speed

mentoring session where students were

able to ask questions to industry and

academics about job opportunities in the

space sector.

SPIN Workshop Aurora | December 2016 | Page 14

We were delighted that the seven Catapult

SPINterns attended the event, giving

confident presentations and taking full

advantage of the networking opportunities


With the UK’s aim to increase market

share of the global space market from

6.5% to 10% by 2030, and the aim of

creating 100,000 new jobs in the space

sector, it is vital we communicate and

provide the opportunity for young people

to consider careers in this sector. We are

proud to support the SPIN programme

which plays a vital role in achieving this.

Information on SPIN 2017 will be

communicated in early 2017, so if you

are interested in taking part, please keep

an eye on our website and social media


Author: Gemma Wilson

“We selected the

Catapult’s Operations

Centre for the MURFI

trials because of its

unique facility.”

Mike Curtis-Rouse,

Mission Commander.

Our biennial Regional

Centre of Excellence

event ensures we

share the best practice

and ideas and provide

opportunities for

networking, and can

lead to collaborative


Hosting Operations for the Mars Rover

Trials Mission

During November 2016, we hosted a

three-week trial for the Mars Rover mission

operations in the Utah Desert. MURFI

(Mars Utah Rover Field Investigation) is

being led by the UK Space Agency in

collaboration with the Canadian, American

and German space agencies. A further

12 academic organisations are part of

the team which aims to gain UK-based

experience in implementing field trials to

support future planetary exploration, train

UK scientists and engineers in mission

operations and field trials, establish a

UK-based Rover Operations Centre, and

develop partnerships with other agencies.

The mission involved deploying a robot

platform with a variety of sensors for

science and technical characterisation,

including ExoMars-like and future mission

instrumentation. It follows the pioneering

Mars Rover trial that the European Space

Agency conducted in October 2013 in

Chile’s Atacama Desert, when they used our

operations centre for mission operations.

Mission Commander Mike Curtis-Rouse,

from the Science and Technology Facilities

Council (STFC), said: “We selected the

Catapult’s operations centre for the MURFI

On 1-2 November 2016, 45 members

from our Knowledge Exchange network

visited Goonhilly where the South Coast

Centre of Excellence hosted our biennial

Regional Networking Event. These events

are important to our network as they ensure

we share best practice and ideas, and

provide opportunities for networking which

can lead to collaborative projects. We also

hold our Regional Centres Advisory Board

during these events. The Board comprises

external representatives from industry,

government and academia with the remit to

advise and guide the Centres Programme.

Operating the Mars Rover in the Utah Desert

trials because of its unique facility. The

entire infrastructure provides us with the

tools and capabilities to be able to carry out

an in-depth trial, while rigorously testing the

collaborative elements of the mission.”

The mission team includes 21 experts

from Birkbeck College, Imperial College

London, STFC’s Rutherford Appleton

Laboratory, Mullard Space Science

Laboratory (at University College London),

The Open University, University of

Aberystwyth, University of Cambridge,

University of Leicester, University

of London, University of Oxford and

University of St Andrews.

Author: Lorraine Moody

Centres of Excellence Networking Event

During the two-day period, the group shared

updates from each Centre on their activities

over the last six months. The attendees

participated in two challenge workshops

on Healthcare and Aquaculture and were

given a lesson on User-Centred Design

and Business Design Sprints. Groups

were formed to discuss challenges faced

by commuting and how satellite-enabled

technologies can be used as a solution.

A Satuccino Extra Shot was also hosted

by the South West Centre at the Goonhilly

site, where we linked to the Satuccino Aurora | December 2016 | Page 15

Centres of Excellence regional event at Goonhilly, Cornwall

The aim of GoGlobal

is to conduct design

projects that have a

wider social, political

and geographical


This is the first time

the RGS has used

a remotely sensed

image on the card

supplied to their

16,500 members


taking place in Harwell to hear updates

from the Catapult. Three businesses

from the South West Region then gave

60-second pitches for the Harwell

audience to hear. These networking events

The Innovation Design Engineering Double

Masters programme from the Dyson

School of Engineering at Imperial College,

London, and the Royal College of Art are

collaborating on a GoGlobal project with

the Pontificia Universidad Católica de

Chile. The aim of GoGlobal is to conduct

design projects that have a wider social,

political and geographical impact. In

January 2017, the Masters students will

be travelling to their partner University in

Chile for a month of facilitated workshops,

lectures and user engagement activities.

With the Catapult’s continuing projects

in Chile, it was an ideal opportunity to

collaborate with the students and provide

them with an insight into satellite data

Following a successful visit to the Catapult

by members of the Royal Geographical

Society (RGS) in August, the society

approached us to provide a satellite

image for the 2017 membership card.

This will be the first time that the society

has used a remotely sensed image on the

card supplied to their 16,500 members

worldwide each year.

are a great opportunity for businesses in

the space sector to come together and the

Extra Shots provide regional reach to the


Author: Gemma Wilson

Imperial College/Royal College of Art

Chilean Workshop

and technology and how satellite-enabled

solutions can be used to shape their design

projects. Dan Wickes, Estel Blay and

Gemma Wilson visited Imperial College

to run an interactive workshop to over

40 students. The Catapult team provided

presentations on Earth observation, with

disaster management case studies and an

overview of Project Hephaestus and our

other collaborative projects in Chile. The

students were presented with 10 societal

and technology challenges from the Chilean

region, then by working in groups, they

pitched their initial solutions to one another.

The students will draw on their experience

from the workshop to inform their project

investigations in Chile.

Author: Gemma Wilson

Royal Geographical Society 2017

Membership Card Aurora | December 2016 | Page 16

Seven companies

were chosen to attend

the SFN Investor

Briefing and Elevator

Pitch Event, hosted in


The RGS (with the Institute of British

Geographers) is the UK's learned society

and professional body for geography,

founded in 1830. It is a world leader in

advancing geography and supporting its

practitioners in the UK and across the

world. As a charity, the RGS serves an

exceptionally wide range of public and

professional audiences.

The image to be used for the 2017

membership card is a Sentinel-2 False

Colour Composite of Occidental Glacier in

Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, Chile,

acquired on 28 September 2016. The

image was felt to be visually appealing,

whilst also showcasing the wide range of

environment monitoring opportunities that

the use of remotely sensed data provides.

We now plan to continue building closer

working ties with the RGS. On Monday

9 January 2017, Stuart Martin, CEO, will

give a lecture entitled ‘The space-enabled

planet’ as part of the RGS’s acclaimed

Monday night lecture series.

Satellite Finance Network – Elevator

Pitch Training

Author: Mark Jarman

We have been very involved in this year’s

Satellite Finance Network (SFN) Elevator

Pitch Training Event with Bird & Bird in

London. Companies were shortlisted and

seven were chosen to attend the event

on 17 November, hosted by the Catapult

at TechUK in London. These seven

companies were given the chance to pitch

to a panel of Dragons from Longwall,

Seraphim, e-Synergy and the Catapult.

In addition to the Dragons, there were

other investors in attendance including

representatives from Airbus Ventures,

Amadeus and Frontline.

Corentin Guillo, CEO of Birdi, gave a

fantastic presentation from his view as

an investee. He explained the fundraising

process, more about how to start a

business, gave tips on negotiation and

managing investors, and explained next

steps to those just starting out. The event

was very well attended and provided the

chance for investees to meet potential

investors and pick up valuable information.

Author: Antonia Jenkinson

Seven of Lockheed

Martin’s lead

technologists spent

the day at the

Catapult, meeting 35

SMEs during a jointly

organised UK supply

chain event.

Events Round-Up

Lockheed Martin Supply Chain

Market Event

In collaboration with UKspace we

organised a UK supply chain event for

Lockheed Martin. Seven of their lead

technologists spent the day at the

Catapult meeting 35 SMEs during one-onones

after a morning where they explained

their key technology areas of interest and

the process of engaging with Lockheed

Martin. We also arranged a separate day

as part of the NSTP collaborative project.

SpaceCom 2016

During November, we took part in

SpaceCom (the Space Commerce

Conference and Exposition), a three-day

event which highlights the commonalities

Catapult stand at SpaceCom 2016

between terrestrial industries and the

aerospace community. Aurora | December 2016 | Page 17

There is a growing

realisation in the US

that the downstream

and applications area

will open up new

revenue streams

and opportunities

that have not been

considered before.

Member of the


Space Committee

and Foreign &

Commonwealth Office

visited the Harwell


Catapult family stand at Innovate 2016

SpaceCom predominantly attracts satellite

manufacturers and upstream related

companies, but there is now a growing

realisation in the US that the downstream

and applications area will open up a whole

new revenue stream and opportunities

that have not been considered before.

Stuart Martin, CEO, was invited to speak

during the plenary on downstream

applications, and other staff presented

on topics such as the Blue Economy and

autonomous vehicles.

We also gave SMEs who are interested

in expanding their networks the chance

to share our stand, and were delighted

we were accompanied by Oxford Space

Systems, Open Cosmos, Proteus GEO

and ScotSat Ltd who all benefited

from the networking opportunities and

meetings that were available to them.

Innovate 2016

Innovate 2016 took place at Manchester

Central in early November. This is

Innovate UK and the Department for

International Trade’s annual conference

which acts as a major platform to

communicate on government policy,

strategy and support in areas for

improving economic prosperity.

This year the Catapult network shared

a stand to enable delegates to speak to

representatives from each Catapult or

find out about the overall programme.

The stand was consistently busy

throughout the conference, and it was

a great opportunity to develop cross-

Catapult activities.

Stuart Martin, CEO, took part in the

‘Technologies of the Future: It’s All

About Disruption’ plenary while Antonia

Jenkinson, COO/CFO, chaired the session

focused on space technologies.

The PSC and FCO visit the Catapult

Parliamentary Space Committee

Visit to Harwell

On 17 November members of the

Parliamentary Space Committee and

Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)

visited the Harwell Campus to find out

about some of the activities undertaken by

the companies on the campus, and better

understand the benefits the space sector

is providing to many market sectors and

the wider UK economy. MPs were given a

whistlestop tour of the site and introduced

to senior personnel from the UK Space

Agency, European Space Agency, RAL

Space and the Satellite Applications


Forthcoming Events

Oxford Farming Conference

Date: 3-5 January 2017

Venue: Oxford University Examination


Located in: University of Oxford

The Oxford Farming Conference is an

annual event held every January in

Oxford. The Catapult will be exhibiting

and attending this event in support of

our agriculture strategy which aims to

collaborate with stakeholders from across

the agri-tech supply chain to maximise the

potential growth for satellite applications

in this area. For further details on the

event, please visit

conference/2017 or contact marketing@ Aurora | December 2016 | Page 18

Our Scottish Centre of

Excellence is hosting

an international

conference in

Glasgow on 1-2

February 2017.

MP Showcase

Date: 13 January 2017

Venue: Satellite Applications Catapult

We are hosting a showcase for local MPs

to demonstrate some of the projects we

are involved in where satellite technology

is already making fundamental changes to

businesses, and bringing benefits across

the UK economy and internationally.

Mathematics of Planet Earth Centre

for Doctoral Training meet the

satellite sector

Date: 19 January 2017

Venue: Imperial College London

The Mathematics of Planet Earth is an

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (MPE

CDT). It has teamed up with the Catapult

and has a growing network of businesses

at a regional, national and international

level. This is an introductory event for

researchers and staff to meet one another

and gain an understanding of their

activities with a view to developing future

collaborations, studentships, projects and

initiatives. To register for this event, please


• Pan-Industry Platforms and

Collaboration to Combat Cyber

Challenges - Lessons for Maritime?

• End User Viewpoint: Are We Cyber

Ready? Conclusions and Action

More information at:

Data.Space 2017 Conference

Date: 1-2 February 2017

Venue: Technology & Innovation Centre,


The Scottish Centre of Excellence in

Satellite Applications is hosting an

international conference in Glasgow in

February 2017 to create a network and

focus on the exploration and exploitation

of new data sets, enabled by satellites, to

deliver data products in response to user

needs, and for the betterment of life on


Nick Lambert, our

Maritime Lead

Consultant, will be

chairing the Digital

Ship event in

Rotterdam on 31

January 2017.

Digital Ship Maritime Cyber

Resilience Forum

Date: 31 January 2017

Venue: Rotterdam

Nick Lambert, our Maritime Lead

Consultant, is chairing the Digital Ship

event, which will discuss the growing

cyber threat across all sectors. In this

information era of the connected ship,

and with the shipping sector's increasing

reliance on technology and remote

monitoring, maritime cyber security is

no longer just optional, but is businesscritical.

Sessions include:

• Facing the Cyber Threat: An Overview

of Cyber Challenges and Impact on the

Maritime Sector

• New Developments in Maritime Cyber

Regulations and Guidelines

• Cyber Risks: Risk Identification,

Mitigation and Response

This data is yielding insight into corporate

policy and industrial activity around the

globe; from corporate supply chains to

oil production, and onto shipping and

maritime activity and so much more.

The conference will bring together data

users from across the economy with data

generators from the space sector, as well

as pooling innovators and entrepreneurs

from academia and the commercial sector

with regulators, legislators and venture


We will be taking part and exhibiting at

the conference with demonstration and

promotion of the In-Orbit Demonstration

(IOD) programme which offers four lowcost

3U CubeSat missions over the next

three years, with the goal of identifying

a new service and/or technology. Our

CEO, Stuart Martin, will be speaking on

Commercial Applications of Space Data.

For further details on the event, please

visit or contact: Aurora | December 2016 | Page 19

We are taking part

in the African Mining

Indaba event, to

support environmental

monitoring and

help create a

marketplace for UK

satellite applications


Investing in African Mining Indaba

Date: 6-9 February 2017

Venue: Cape Town International

Convention Centre (CTICC), Cape Town,

South Africa

The Catapult will be taking part in the

Investing in African Mining Indaba

Conference & Expo on the UK Pavilion to

support Environmental Monitoring for the

Extractive Industries thread and to create

a marketplace for UK satellite applications

companies to deliver services to support

responsible and sustainable growth of

extractive activities worldwide.

Innovation will be key in meeting the

challenges currently facing the mining

sector. This annual conference will bring

together stakeholders, ministers, officials,

operators and service providers; attracting

over 7,000 delegates from more than

110 countries. There will be more than

45 African and non-African government

delegations, including national mining

ministers, government leaders and

regulators all in one place, providing an

exceptional opportunity to engage.

For further details on the event, please visit or contact:

Boston Seafood Expo

Date: 19-21 March 2017

Venue: Boston, USA

Our Ocean Sustainability Business Unit

will be visiting the Boston Seafood Expo

in March 2017. The conference will

feature educational sessions presented by

seafood industry experts. Attendees will

take away practical information covering

the most important and timely issues

relevant to today’s seafood business


For more information on the conference,

please visit:

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