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Adastral Presents... Space East
Published: 30 January 2024
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Adastral Presents... Explore the rapidly expanding UK Space Sector and in particular what we are doing here in the East of England, and the important part Adastral Park has to play alongside Space East.

Space East is developing a space cluster for the East Anglia region. As one of 15 Space Clusters working collaboratively across the UK, it supports businesses to explore, capitalise on and grow from the opportunities presented by the £17.5 billion UK Space sector.

Watch the below recordings to hear directly from the agencies who are delivering the UK Space Strategy about their vision for the sector, the opportunities and support available to businesses and the role of the clusters. You will learn about the opportunities for the East of England and why BT and Adastral Park are fast becoming the heartbeat of the East of England space sector.

Hear BT's Mike Williams open the event:

C-J Green
C-J explains the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership's (LEP) involvement in Space East:

Stuart Catchpole
Space Cluster Development Manager, Space East.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, Stuart has held senior roles and delivered significant projects in a wide variety of sectors including Advanced Manufacturing, Bioscience, Construction, Education and now Space.
Whether it’s developing the commercial and communications strategies for a government funded bioscience research institute, delivering a funding bid to grow an Advanced Manufacturing facility or promoting what Norfolk and Suffolk has to offer to a global audience, Stuart brings his own brand of energy, enthusiasm and experience to his work.
With a philosophy that ‘it’s all about people’, Stuart is skilled in recognising potential and adept at bringing together contacts for to explore exciting opportunities, of which there are many in his new role as Space Cluster Development Manager at Space East.

Stuart Catchpole's slides

John Abbott
CEO, Satellite Applications Catapult.
As one of nine Catapults, uniquely established to transform the UK’s capability for innovation in specific areas and to help drive future economic growth, the Satellite Applications Catapult sits at the heart of the satellite services revolution, driving take-up of space technology and applications to shape, and sustain, the world of tomorrow.
Offering a range of support services and programmes to businesses from all sectors, the Satellite Applications Catapult demonstrates how you and your business can benefit from satellite data and space technology. The Space Enterprise Labs (SELS) are a Satellite Applications Catapult programme and this session explained how these local places for space innovation can be used to engage with organisations across the UK Space Ecosystem.

John Abbott's slides

Jon Wakeling
Acting Research Director, Physical Infrastructure Research, BT.
Jon Wakeling is working on next generation satellite and High Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS); He is also Chair of the techUK/UKspace satellite telecommunications committee and a member of the UKTIN expert working group on non-terrestrial networks.
John spoke on the range of Space R&D that BT undertakes and where it sees collaboration opportunities with the Space Enterprise Lab and Space East communities. He also covered the technical facilities and a wide range of other technology partners that BT can bring to collaborative projects.

Jon Wakeling's slides

Questions and Answers
Mike Williams MCs a question and answer session to conclude the event:

What are BT's Innovation Hubs?
They are collaboration hubs for end users, industry bodies, academia and technology solution providers to innovate and co-create digital solutions that will drive the necessary pace and scale of change required to meet the sector challenges of tomorrow. It is an open innovation approach whereby BT can bring its world-renowned technical research and innovation expertise along with its global set of academic and commercial partnerships and combine them with end-user opportunities and challenges within the specific chosen sectors.

If you are not already a member of an Innovation Hub and wish to find out more about current Hubs follow the link below to find out more and signup!
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