Tuesday 30th October 2018 at UKSA, Swindon
An expanded network of five new Regional Ambassadors for ESA Business Applications is now established across the UK, in response to an increase in demand for ‘Ambassadorial’ support services.
Since the inception of ESA Business Applications ten years ago, the UK has maintained an “Ambassador Platform” to promote engagement by industry and research organisations. This has proved so effective that the network is being expanded to include five Regional Ambassadors in the UK, with an overall coordinator based at ESA’s UK site in Harwell (ECSAT), supported by a dedicated Business Developer.
Applications that use space data and services are one of the most exciting areas of the space ecosystem. Many of the companies are Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) that have seen the opportunities space data and services bring to enhance their products and deliver something that makes them stand out from the crowd. The UK is the largest contributor to this element of ESA’s programme of Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES). The Ambassadors are working with companies and individuals to develop their business ideas using space data and services, and to support their initial application into the programme.
Increased demand for this support has prompted the decision to greatly expand the team. Five regional ambassadors, each with a geographical area of responsibility, will be coordinated by long-standing Ambassador Ian Downey, working in collaboration with a Business Developer who will provide support to companies developing their business case. This team of experts has considerable experience of working in the UK Space Sector and with different business sectors. As a result they are ideally positioned to support the creation of new space-powered business applications across the country.
The launch of the new-look UK Ambassador Network was announced at the UK Space Agency offices in Swindon on 30th October 2018, on the occasion of the inaugural meeting of the UKSA Satellite Applications Industry Advisory Group.
To contact your UK Regional Ambassadors and see how you can benefit from the #ApplicationOfSpace click here.