Congratulations to our friends and colleagues at the University of Exeter for becoming a Satellite Applications Catapult Centre of Excellence.

The Satellite Applications Catapult is delighted to be adding two more Centres of Excellence in satellite applications to its network, as it continues to broaden its regional engagement and support the sector’s growth in the UK.

These new Centres, which are co-funded by the UK Space Agency, are in response to the growing interest in how satellite data and technologies are helping businesses generate new ideas and solutions to grow.

Two new centres are being established to support the South West and South Coast of England. In addition, our existing Scottish Centre of Excellence will be extending its geographic reach into the Highlands & Islands. These new Centres join our established network of regional engagement initiatives and will extend our reach beyond the East Midlands, Central Scotland and North East England.

Announcing the new Centres, Stuart Martin, CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult, said: “We’ve witnessed a significant upturn in regional engagement over the past two years through the initial three Centres. This has included activities linking up the science base, large industry and SMEs to help develop satellite-derived applications and solutions.

“The network’s expansion to cover the southern region of the UK and the Highlands & Islands will hopefully result in generating further understanding and awareness of the opportunities that satellite data and technology can provide – especially among market sectors not currently engaging with them – and developing new commercial opportunities for the UK’s Space sector.”

Colin Baldwin, UK Space Gateway Programme Manager at the UK Space Agency noted: “The UK Space Agency is delighted to support this initiative. The expanded network of Catapult Centres of Excellence demonstrates that applications of satellites provide business opportunities across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom.”

The South West centre’s partners include: University of Exeter, Plymouth University, Falmouth University, MET Office, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Goonhilly Earth Station and Rothamsted Research. Its market focus areas cover Agritech, Maritime and eHealth.

The South Coast centre’s partners include: University of Portsmouth, University of Brighton, University of Southampton, National Oceanography Centre, Marine South East, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and Hampshire County Council. Its market focus areas cover Maritime and Marine and Autonomous Systems.

The expanded Scottish Centre’s partners will be University of Strathclyde and Highlands & Islands Enterprise. Its market focus areas cover Healthcare, Renewables, Marine Sciences and Digital Economy.

For further information, please contact Karen Rogers  |  +44 (0) 1235 567999

About the Satellite Applications Catapult

Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd is an independent innovation and technology company, created by Innovate UK to drive economic growth through the exploitation of space. Its vision – ‘to innovate for a better world, empowered by satellites’ – will be achieved by helping businesses of all sizes to realise their potential from space infrastructure and applications. This is part of its objective of helping grow the UK space industry and capture 10% of the global space market by 2030. The Catapult works with the UK industrial and academic communities, by being a focal point where small and medium enterprises, large industry and end users can work together with researchers to challenge barriers, explore and develop new ideas, and bring these to commercial reality.

About Catapult centres

Catapult centres are established and overseen by Innovate UK. They are places where the best of the UK’s innovative businesses and researchers work together to bring new products and services more quickly to commercialisation. Focusing on areas with great market potential, Catapults will open up global opportunities for the UK and generate economic growth for the future. For more information, please visit


About Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. It works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy – delivering productivity, new jobs and exports and keeping the UK globally competitive in the race for future prosperity. For further information, visit


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