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News: UK Space Launch

Congratulations to Highland and Islands Enterprise and associated consortium for securing funding for a vertical spaceport at A’mhoine in Sutherland.   As well as providing a new route to space for small satellite builders such as Spire Global, Clyde Space and Alba Orbital, it also increases the profile of space in Scotland!.

Accompanying this was the news that Lockheed Martin and Orbex (and their associated consortia) were the big winners in terms of launch support funding from the UK Space Agency. Horizontal Spaceports such as Prestwick have reason to be optimistic with a dedicate fund for them to bid into. Indeed players (some Scottish) who were not involved or unsuccessful in this round have all to play for with the UKSA holding additional ring fenced launch support funding.

We are not aware of one site which contains all the announced information, though the UK Space Agency announcement site is a good start.


News: UK space survey 2018: they want your input.

The biannual survey of the Size and Heath of the UK space sector is currently underway.   It covers research, science, engineering, supply and use of space and satellite services. The UK Space Agency user evidence from this survey to identify emerging trends and any limiting constraints, and to make the best possible case for funding.  Link to Survey.


Funding: 2nd Call for UK InCubed Proposals - tight deadline of 15th August.

InCubed is a European Space Agency open call programme supporting innovative projects related to Earth Observation, with the focus of removing barriers to entry of the commercial marketplace. The UK contribute £10m to this programme, and are expecting to award £1.5m in this 2nd call. 

Information about the programme can be found at the following ESA site:

Applications need to be made through the link found at this UK Space Agency site.


Funding: National Space Technology Programme Fast Track Project Call: Deadline 18th October. 

Fast Track projects have a maximum grant value of £200,000 and be of a maximum 12 months duration. The projects should be highly innovative and have strong enabling potential for future space activities. Projects developing technologies or instrumentation for commercial applications are also encouraged. Preference will be given to proposals of the highest technical quality that accelerate the development of scientific or commercial technologies for space (typically TRL 3-5).  Link to Fast Track Call.


Event: Edinburgh Space Technology – First Meeting.  Edinburgh 21 August


Edinburgh Space Technology will be holding their first meet-up - an introductory 'get to know the community' session - at the Higgs Centre at the Edinburgh Royal Observatory.

They have arranged a few guest speakers to give an overview of Space sector in Scotland, whilst the Higg's Centre team will introduce the European Space Agency's Business Incubation Centre hosted there (including facilities, financial and technical support aimed at start-up and SMEs).

If you are feeling brave there are a few open mic slots available to give a quick 60 second introduction about yourselves, your work, any challenges you are facing or a pitch about your business.

Overall, they want to develop a community and make it social and fun so the above will be followed by time to chat and mingle with the other members over some refreshments.

There will also be a chance for anyone wishing to get involved in hosting or speaking at these events to come and speak with the team. If you are doing some amazing work and you want the community to know, please them know and they will feature you at an upcoming event

To join Edinburgh Space Technology and attend the meeting: Meeting Link


Event: Space: Research and Innovation opportunities in Horizon 2020. Paisley 6th September.

The University of the West of Scotland, in collaboration with Innovate UK and Scotland Europa will host an Information Day dedicated to the research and innovation funding opportunities for the Space community via the Horizon 2020 programme. The workshop will focus on both the current opportunities detailed within the Space Work Programme (which has an allocated budget of over €100 million for the 2019) as well as those detailed elsewhere within Horizon 2020.  Registration Link.


8th International Systems & Concurrent Engineering for Space Applications Conference 
(SECESA 2018)
 Glasgow 26-28th September.


The goal of the Conference is to foster exchange of ideas, experiences, lessons learned and future trends in the area of Systems and Concurrent Engineering.  Organised by the The European Space Agency (Technical and Quality Management Directorate and Concurrent Design Facility), in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde, this event provides insight into this increasingly ubiquitous space design process.  Link for Conference and Sponsorship Details.


Event: Meet with Airbus Defence and Space – The future space supply chain. Glasgow 20th September.

ADS Group and UKspace are delighted to offer companies the opportunity to hear direct from Airbus Defence and Space about the future space supply chain, Airbus' plans for future activity and learn more about the opportunities to engage in the Airbus space supply chain.  The event will also include private one-to-one sessions with members of the Airbus Space Systems team.

This industry day hosted by Airbus Defence and Space will provide the opportunity to hear from Airbus’s Space Systems and procurement teams on the changing space environment, future systems and programme requirements across the Telecom, Earth Observation, Navigation, Science and Geo-Intelligence segments.  Registration Link.


Careers in Space

For those of you who know of people looking for a new career in space, please be aware of the current vacancies.

GSI are looking for a principal remote sensing specialist, a senior software engineer and a Web-Development/API Specialist. 

Heriot-Watt University are looking for an RF engineer and a mechanical engineer to work on a satellite antenna project supported by the Scottish Enterprise High-Growth Spinout Programme.

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