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Satellite Applications Catapult

Stuart Martin, Chief Executive Officer of the new Space Applications Catapult, outlines the aims of the recently established technology and innovation centre and how it can help the sector grow, in Insights, NPL's business magazine.

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Based in Harwell, Oxfordshire, the Satellite Applications Catapult is at the forefront of the UK space industry's growth plans and is able to support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) by providing access to expertise and high value facilities.

In the article, Stuart Martin says:

"The Catapult programme is a vital element of the UK's strategy to drive economic growth from emerging technologies, and our aim is to make the UK the place to be if you want to do business in space."

Read the full article in Insights - Beyond Measurement, NPL's business focused magazine.

Insights explores how the science and technology community in the UK can come together to deliver world class science that can change the way we live our lives and do business, influence government funding and policies while continuing to deliver value for money. The current edition focuses on the Space sector and the recent developments in the UK space industry and advances in earth observation, navigation, telecommunications, astronomy and space exploration. It also looks at the critical role that measurement has to play in the success of space missions.

It includes an introduction from David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, who says:

"NPL has a unique role in providing space metrology innovation, working in partnership with academia, industry and space agencies to deliver highly competitive and innovate spacecraft and develop pioneering satellite based applications."

Other contributors include: Dr Constantinos Stravrinidis, writing about the European Space Agency (ESA) and the role of measurement in space; Christèle Donadini on Astrium's new Emissions Measurement Service; and NPL's Leon Lobo on future optical clock technologies for space.

Read Insights - Beyond Measurement

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Last Updated: 2 Sep 2013
Created: 2 Sep 2013

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