Space is one of the fastest growing industries in the UK, with the ambition to capture 10% of the world market by 2030. Currently, the UK manufactures over 20% of the satellites in orbit and has established a path towards launching satellites from UK soil by 2021.
Innovate UK KTN has deep knowledge of the space industry, and has produced a new interactive UK Space Sector Landscape Map in collaboration with the UK Space Agency. Our team brings together a range of different stakeholders from industry, academia and government to enable consortia building and provide clear direction to people who want to innovate the space sector.
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Our current focus in this area
Connecting the UK’s growing Space community with industrial collaborators, research-based expertise, investment opportunities and funders.
Quantum-enabled positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) systems
Opens: 13/02/2023 Closes: 12/04/2023
Organisations can apply for a share of £25m inclusive of VAT, to develop quantum-enabled systems for positioning, navigation, timing (PNT) and quantum-enabled sensing applications relating to navigation. This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by Innovate UK.
The Defence Technology Exploitation Programme
Opens: 08/08/2022 Closes: 31/12/2023
The Defence Technology Exploitation Programme (DTEP) aims to inspire companies to win new business, develop industrial capabilities, and provide new cutting-edge answers to defence problems at home and abroad, ensuring the UK expands its competitive, pioneering and world-class defence and security i
Innovate UK Smart grants: January 2023
Opens: 19/01/2023 Closes: 14/06/2023
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovations that can significantly impact the UK economy. The dates for this round of Smart have been extended to maximise funding opportunities for applicants.
Related Events and Recordings
Horizon Europe – Space Consortia Building Event
09.30 - 12.30 | Online
UFO Showcase Event - Latest innovation in Small Flying Objects
09.00 - 17.00 | London
Opportunities in the European Innovation Council (EIC) Pathfinder Scheme
10.00 - 11.30 | Online
Innovate UK KTN joins consortium running European Space Agency's accelerator for advanced materials
Space exploration has always been a driver of technological and industrial innovation. Developing new products and services by taking advantage of the conditions offered by the Earth’s orbit opens new opportunities for finding technical solutions that respond to the industry challenges, while giving a powerful boost to a new economic sector of huge commercial potential.
Geo for Earth Podcast Series now live
Listen to Geo for Earth podcast series to explore the critical role the location intelligence plays in understanding our planet and solving the climate change challenges.