SPRINT hosted a special Showcase event on 25 November 2019 at the Institute of Physics in London. The event highlighted the progress of some of the incredible SPRINT projects from around the UK and demonstrated how SME businesses can benefit from the programme.
After an opening from Prof. Martin Barstow, PI for SPRINT from the University of Leicester and Head of the national SPRINT programme, Ross Burgon, the audience were treated to a series of presentations on current SPRINT projects including:
• Space Tech – Photek and Oxford Space Systems
• Space Data – Mafic and Geospatial Insight
• Space Transfer – The Open University
Graham Peters, Chairman of UKspace and the Space Growth Partnership gave the keynote speech around opportunities for, and barriers to growth of the UK space sector.
Prof. Paul Monks, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of College of Science and Engineering at the University of Leicester then chaired a lively debate and subsequent open Q&A with industry professionals:
• Graham Peters (title as above)
• Rob Desborough, Managing Partner at Seraphim Capital
• Dr. Chris Hobbs, Head of Business Strategy, Satellite Applications Catapult
• Yasrine Ibnyahya, Director, Advanced Concepts and Technologies, Inmarsat
The discussion was based on the theme of ‘future of space sector growth in the UK – uptake of space-enabled innovations across industry, society and government’.
In his closing remarks about the day, Prof. Andy Mount, Dean of Research in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh referred to “an interesting, stimulating and informative afternoon” that focused on elements such as ‘launch, geospatial data, space tech and space transfer’.
Andy welcomed the perspectives from Graham Peters, calling it a “clarion call to space research and innovation”. He also paid tribute to the panel discussion, with key messages including ‘a focus on transformative and innovative developments, having a vision, encompassing technology from small to large satellites, disruptive growth and SME opportunities, capacity building and the skills gaps’. Andy concluded that there’s “lots on which to reflect around UK space activities”.
If you want to find out more, download a copy of the event guide or contact one of the expert Innovation Advisers at our SPRINT university partners.
Copies of the presentations from the day can be viewed at the links below:
• Ross Burgon, SPRINT
• Gareth Jones, Photek
• Michael Loweth, Oxford Space Systems
• Will Woodhead, Mafic
• Chris Nix, Geospatial Insight
• Geraint Morgan, The Open University