The University of Exeter is one of the UK’s leading universities with a presence in Exeter and Penryn close to both Met Office and Goonhilly, and an excellent record in research, industrial innovation and knowledge exchange. This application aligns with the University’s 10-year vision for environmental science research which is a key application area for commercial satellite applications. The University, together with Met Office, positions the region to become a global leader in environmental science and associated services. Its research includes expertise in all of the regional smart specialisations including core technology enablers for satellite applications e.g. engineering, structures, control systems, computer science & IT remote sensing applications, satellite imagery and satellite tracking technology. The University specialises in subjects relevant to satellite applications development such as geography, geology, medicine, medical science, physics and astronomy and is linked into networks with ESA, NASA, and the Royal Astronomical Society, with grants for Horizon 2020/FP7 and Interreg, together with industrial collaborations including Deimos Space, Alenia Space, PML and QUESTUAV.
GES Ltd was established to redevelop the large Goonhilly telecommunications site in 2008 and is recognised as a key national asset by the UK Space Agency. The site was acquired by GES Ltd in 2014 and redevelopment is underway to transform it into a Space Science Centre, with commercial operations. Development includes: commercial satellite communications; specialised satellite operations: tele-command, telemetry and control; deep space communications; radio astronomy services; knowledge transfer and education; visitors centre; secure data centre facilities; hi-speed connectivity, high-tech electronics and communications manufacturing centre; and business/science incubation facilities for start-ups and established companies. Alongside the fully functioning antennas, Goonhilly benefits from advanced on-site security; a 24/7 network operations centre and direct access to deep sea fibre-optic cable with high speed connectivity to London, USA and Asia. GES Ltd is an experienced satellite teleport operator offering a wide range of uplink, co-location, hosting, Virtual Network Operator (VNO), back-up and partnering services to commercial clients and engages with a number of Universities. The Aerohub+ Enterprise Zone at Cornwall Airport Newquay is growing jobs within the space and aerospace sectors, attracting inward investment, and developing and enhancing Newquay Cornwall Airport and Goonhilly. These are part of a combined Space/Aerospace UK Enterprise Zone and national jobs growth programme promoted by DCLG/BIS, and are core innovations delivering aerospace and space growth in Cornwall through the LEPs Research, Development and Innovation Framework.
The Met Office works collaboratively with all the Centre’s partners. A world-class centre of excellence in meteorological modelling, forecasting and climate prediction, the Met Office supports customers globally including governments, civil aviation, defence, commerce and industry. It is constantly improving the way it uses existing satellite observation systems for weather and climate applications, and is preparing for the use of new measurements from space. It uses a wide range of satellite data into prediction models, the development of new imagery products for forecasting, climate and environmental applications, taking a leading role in the EUMETSAT NWP Satellite Application Facility and providing advice to space agencies. The recently opened Met Office Space Weather Operations Centre (MOSWOC) is one of only three such centres worldwide, providing an ideal platform for the Centre of Excellence to assist in developing space weather-related services and environmental applications that use satellite data. The Met Office will assess projects that could benefit from collaboration and support, resulting, we believe, in many engagements facilitated by the Centre of Excellence with Met Office expert teams, for example in informatics, satellite applications science and business teams.
Plymouth University specialisms include security; communications and networks; fixed mobile and satellite communications; information systems security; network technologies and intelligent robotic and autonomous systems. A world-leading research reputation in marine science and technology in core research themes:
Understanding marine and coastal systems
Assessing and predicting change
Sustainable use and protection of seas and coasts
It also has strengths in marine and environmental satellite imaging.
With 3,000 staff, researchers and students, the Marine Institute is the first and largest such institute in the UK and an external portal to a global network of experts and facilities. Marine Institute staff represent the broadest portfolio of marine expertise within a single institute in Europe. The Centre for Security, Communications and Network Research (CSCAN) is a multidisciplinary group, applying academic expertise to the needs of industry and society.
Plymouth Marine Laboratory is an independent, impartial provider of scientific research and contract services relating to the marine environment. PML is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status. It has world-class research capacity in global Earth Observation (EO), ecosystem modelling, and marine ecosystem functioning. Its core research programme contributes to the issues of climate change, marine pollution and sustainability. The EO group comprises 32 permanent staff undertaking fundamental and applied EO research, operating EO-based services for the EC, NERC and industry, and developing methods for data visualisation and analysis. This work is funded by NERC, the EC (FP7 and H2020), ESA, UK Space Agency, and many others. The group is complemented by about four industrial placements from different universities; about eight PhDs students and various visitors. They study the open ocean, shelf regions, coasts, estuaries, and inland waters, as well as undertaking some atmospheric measurements. They are also involved with in-water measurements to validate satellite observations and develop EO algorithms.
Falmouth University is one of the UK’s leading specialist art and design institutions with a growing reputation as a Creative Innovation Hub facilitating development and commercialisation of new products and the incubation of market-led new businesses. With two campuses in Cornwall and 5,000 students, its relevant South West Centre of Excellence research and innovation themes include Digital Economy (e.g. Digital Games) and Smart Design (integrating smart technology and sustainable design-led innovation). A key building block is the Launchpad model for incubating market-led high growth businesses utilising graduate talent and a focus on the Smart Specialisation sectors in Cornwall, including space and aerospace. Falmouth is responding to the region’s challenges and opportunities by constructing a globally recognised model for advancing business innovation and growth. This capitalises on existing assets and builds a pipeline (supply-chain) directly to a high growth Smart Innovation Park, establishing sustainable eco-system supporting business innovation in an environment housing new and established development and growth companies.
Rothamsted Research is the longest running agricultural research hub in the world, established over 170 years ago. The North Wyke site in Devon, established in 1981 and integrated into Rothamsted Research in 2010, is a centre of excellence for environmental science related to grassland systems, and sits at the centre of a large and strong network of national and international collaborators. Current initiatives such as the Defra sustainable intensification platform (13 partners) and the AgriTech centre of innovation excellence in livestock (12 partners) have seen the livestock research community collaborate, and position Rothamsted Research North Wyke as a vital provider of systems-based grazing research via the North Wyke Farm Platform (NWFP). Rothamsted Research and its partners have developed a global network of ‘farm platforms’ across different climatic and eco-regions as a crucial resource for optimising and exemplifying research on the contribution of sustainable livestock production to global food security.
Michelmores is working in collaboration with the South-West Centre of Excellence and its Partners providing legal support to the Satellite Applications Catapult’s regional incubation programme.
Founded over 125 years ago, Michelmores is a Top 100 award-winning law firm headquartered in Exeter with offices in Bristol and London. The firm supports clients in the UK and internationally across all areas of the law, with expertise in technology, media and communications, corporate finance and investment, real estate and private wealth.
Michelmores works with clients across the maritime, agritech and ehealth sectors, with in-depth experience working with companies that use satellite data, advising technology entrepreneurs and guiding companies from start-up to international expansion. By placing ourselves in our clients’ shoes, we understand their needs, challenges, perspectives and motivations to help them achieve the best possible outcomes. Our clients frequently describe us as their ‘trusted advisors’ and more than just lawyers.