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Dr Simon Jackman speaking at the Oxford Innovation Society dinner
Dr Simon Jackman speaking at the Oxford Innovation Society dinner

Lucy Edge, Chief Operating Office at the Satellite Applications Catapult highlighted the major opportunities for the UK space sector with the development of regional manufacturing and launch facilities. 

Dr Neil Bowles and Dr Steve Reece, of the Physics and Engineering Science departments at the University of Oxford respectively, described how working with the Catapult is enabling the commercialisation of a new small satellite infra-red instrument. The application of machine learning to satellite earth observation data has led to new solutions in disaster management, oil spill attribution and deforestation monitoring.

Dr Simon Jackman, Senior Innovation Fellow working between the Catapult and the Industrial Research Partnerships team at the University highlighted that the partnership had contributed to a wide range of activities at the University. These include a Satellites 101 for students and a quantum computing hackathon, both of which are aiming to start a new area of engagement between space companies, agencies and researchers.

About the Satellite Applications Catapult 

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent innovation and technology company, created by Innovate UK to drive economic growth through the exploitation of space. They work with businesses of all sizes to realise the potential of space infrastructure and its applications. Based in Harwell, Oxfordshire, the Catapult was established in May 2013 as one of a network of centres to accelerate the take-up of emerging technologies and drive economic impact for the UK. See for more information.