Satellite Applications Catapult


The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent innovation and technology company, created to foster growth across the economy through the exploitation of space. We help organisations make use of and benefit from satellite technologies, and bring together multi-disciplinary teams to generate ideas and solutions in an open innovation environment.

Based in Harwell, near Didcot, the Catapult was established in May 2013 by Innovate UK (formerly known as the Technology Strategy Board) as one of a network of centres to accelerate the take-up of emerging technologies and drive economic growth. We are a not-for-profit research organisation which is registered as a private company limited by guarantee and controlled by its Board. (Read more about the Governance of the Catapult.)

Our Role in the Space Sector

The UK Space sector is increasingly recognised for its significant contribution to the UK economy. This follows a decade of sustained growth of approximately 9% year-on-year, underpinned by a broad commitment to excellence and innovation. The UK already commands a 7% share of the global space market, and has ambitions to increase this to 10% as the global market swells to a predicted value of £400 billion by 2030.

Under the leadership of Chairman Tim Sherwood and Chief Executive Officer Stuart Martin, the Catapult aims to be at the forefront of the UK Space sector’s growth plans and investment. Increasing the UK’s share of the global market by 3% would more than quadruple the UK space-related economy, making it worth an estimated £40 billion per year, and create around 100,000 new high-tech jobs across the country.

We are delivering this growth in the Space sector by offering state-of-the-art facilities, expertise and an accessible,igs collaborative environment.

Community Action Platform for Energy

Community engagement in new energy efficiency & renewable generation opportunities are key goals for the CAPE project, and the Satellite Applications Catapult will provide new innovative information products, derived from satellite imagery and other geospatial datasets, to model the potential for sustainable energy practices across the Milton Keynes region.

Working in partnership with its SME suppliers, IDC and Sterling Geothe Satellite Applications Catapult will derive state-of-the art information products from analysis of satellite imagery, to identify the potential for new solar energy projects in and around Milton Keynes, and model the cost and potential for any such new renewable energy capacity to link to the electricity grid. The results of this analysis, enriched by integration with other spatial and non-spatial data, will also be used to highlight where the greatest potential exists to implement energy saving schemes, such as the installation of loft insulation or Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP’s) at a property-by-property level across the city. Furthermore, the new data products will allow individuals, communities and businesses to estimate the cost-benefit of any new sustainable energy projects, and visualise them in their local context.

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