The global space market is growing on average at around 10% per year and the UK already has a strong presence. Looking forward, the market is expected to continue its high growth, with the bulk of this developing in the downstream applications market. The UK government is making a major commitment to space, particularly in the ARTES programme in response to this opportunity. This is largely informed by the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy (IGS), which set out an ambition to grow the UK space industry to £40Bn by 2030 and has recently laid out a number of recommendations to set the trajectory for that growth. Many of these recommendations are being progressed and delivered through the Space Applications Catapult, which plays a role in delivering growth across a number of strands of the UK space strategy, in particular creating new applications opportunities, stimulating innovation and creating new products and services for export. The UK Civil Space Strategy, as well as Technology Strategy Board policy and their space related activities are also heavily influenced by this IGS work, which requires a high degree of convergence of effort and resources in the UK space sector. There is a pressing need to ensure that these UK based initiatives are coordinated and promoted to form a consolidated and coherent UK approach to harnessing this wealth of capability at national and international level to realise sound, evidence based applications that address these opportunities and achieve sustainable economic growth.
The UK Ambassador Platform is currently concentrated on 4 main areas:
The AP is also responsive to other applications domains and the regional characteristics of the respective devolved administrations in the UK as opportunities arise.
The purpose of the UK AP is to raise awareness of the ARTES 20 and ARTES 3/4 funding instruments and through this to identify, promote and deliver a regular supply of Feasibility Study and Demonstration scale projects under these respective programmes. This is done via: presentations, workshops, meetings, web presence and other engagements and publicity.
When identifying and supporting appropriate target sectors and user groups, the conditions that define likely success of an activity can be summarised as: