Plans for satellite technology centre take step forward

The government has taken the next step to establish an innovation centre for satellite technology and applications.

The Satellite Applications Catapult Centre, which will help UK businesses to develop satellite-based products and services, will be established by a consortium of industry pioneers, including Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), Logica, Astrium GEO-Information Services, Nottingham Scientific and Inmarsat Navigation Ventures.

A delivery team will be established with the consortium members, the International Space Innovation Centre (ISIC), UKspace and Surrey University.

The Technology Strategy Board will work with the consortium to help establish the centre, which is expected to open later in the year.