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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

Innovate UK Smart Grants January 2021

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

Opens: 21/01/2021 Closes: 26/05/2021

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Innovation in time dissemination and application

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2 million for business-led innovation in resilient time, frequency and synchronisation.

Opens: 19/04/2021 Closes: 09/06/2021

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Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2021-22, round 2

UK academic institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £6m to fund innovation projects with businesses or not-for-profits.

Opens: 19/04/2021 Closes: 30/06/2021

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