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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.

The satellite communications sector includes ground terminals and has recently invested in the megaconstellation company OneWeb. The deep expertise in using satellite data to support the energy, infrastructure, finance and agri-food industries is complemented by a growing community looking to exploit the research conducted in microgravity for commercial applications.

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.

UK Space Sector Landscape Map

Connecting the UK’s growing Space community with industrial collaborators, research-based expertise, investment opportunities and funders.

Funding Opportunities

Horizon Europe Space Calls closing February 2022

Up to €80m total funding available from Horizon Europe for a variety of space-related open calls.

Opens: 01/11/2021 Closes: 16/02/2022

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Innovate UK Smart Grants: October 2021

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25million for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy.

Opens: 07/10/2021 Closes: 05/01/2022

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NATEP helping SMEs innovate in aerospace: Autumn 2021

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million to carry out industry-led civil aerospace collaborative R&D projects. This funding is from the ATI Programme.

Opens: 15/11/2021 Closes: 12/01/2022

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UK Space Agency: Size and Health of the UK Space Industry survey 2021

The UK Space Agency has launched its Space Industry Size and Health Survey 2021, and KTN would like to invite you to participate.

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UK Space Agency extends funding to national SPRINT programme to support collaborations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

The UK Space Agency (UKSA) has extended its funding for the national SPRINT (SPace Research and Innovation Network for Technology) programme by £200,000 to support collaborations with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. An event to find out more will be held on 25th and 26th November in Edinburgh.

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