According to the most recent results from the Agencys Size & Health of the UK Space Sector report, 90% of growth in the UK space sector is from downstream activities, the services that space technology enables across the economy. The global market for downstream space solutions in satellite navigation alone is predicted to grow to over £225B by 2019. There is ample opportunity for UK companies to take the lead in this growing market.
The UK Space Agency took advantage of the aerospace presence at Farnborough to showcase how space-based solutions are making a difference to the aviation sector, running a day of talks in the Farnborough Space Zone.
Catherine Mealing-Jones, Director for Growth, Applications and EU Programmes at the UK Space Agency, highlighted the the UK Space Agencys work with applications available now and in the near future to emphasise the growth potential of space solutions more widely.
Ken Ashton, Head of Navigation and Spectrum at the National Air Traffic Service, spoke about how augmented satellite navigation signals are being used at small airfields to make bad weather approaches possible.
David Coiley, Vice President for Aviation at Inmarsat discussed aviation communications systems for business jets, one of Inmarsats fastest growing business.
Philip Church, Senior Consultant for Helios spoke about HEDGE, a project to improve efficiency and safety for offshore helicopter landings in the near future. Group training captain Steve Godfrey gave the audience a practical example of how much European Geostationary Navigation Overlap Services (EGNOS) has improved landing accuracy.
The session acted as a taster for the flagship European Space Solutions conference being held in London from 3rd to 5th of December. The conference will welcome participants from a range of sectors to explore how space-based services and technologies can provide innovative solutions to everyday problems. There will be 11 sessions targeted at different sectors that can benefit from space services, including aviation. For more details, please visit www.space-solutions.eu
Provided by British National Space Centre
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