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University of Leicester

The University of Leicester has a long and distinguished record of discovery in space science. We play vital roles in many space missions for agencies including NASA, European Space Agency (ESA) and UKSA, ISRO (India) and JAXA (Japan), covering astronomical, planetary and EO science missions.

The Leicester Institute for Space and Earth Observation (LISEO) brings together all the research work within the University with focuses on missions and instruments, space & EO data and innovation. Our aim is to bring science leadership and develop expertise on data analysis, data exploitation and leading technology that can be applied to space and space enabled economy.

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Innovation advisor

Carmine Maffei: carmine.maffei@leicester.ac.uk
Stephen Wright: stephen.wright@leicester.ac.uk

University of Surrey

The Surrey Space Centre (SSC) at the University of Surrey is a world leading centre of excellence in space engineering. Our strategy is to underpin the technical development of the space industry through its advanced research programmes. We are a world’s leading research centre for small, cost effective space missions, generating leading research and bringing innovation to our spin-out company SSTL and pushing the boundaries of satellite technologies and applications.

The SSC has a multidisciplinary engineering competence that gives us a full end-to-end capability to develop and execute space missions, from concept study to spacecraft design, to mission operations and exploitation of space data. We also provide well focused space engineering industrial short courses, training the next generation space scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and business leaders.

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Innovation advisor

Ian James: i.james@surrey.ac.uk

The Open University

For over 30 years the Open University has been at the forefront of cutting edge space science and space instrument development helping to unlock the secrets and evolution of life in the solar system and wider Universe. We work closely with partners from space agencies, companies and other universities to enable space science and exploration missions to the moon, Mars and beyond.

We have contributed to space missions including the surface science package on the Huygens lander to Saturn’s moon Titan, the Ptolemy chemical laboratory on the Rosetta-Philae lander to comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko and the NOMAD spectrometer instrument on the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter. We also developed some of our spaceflight instrumentation for medical and environmental applications.

Our research covers a wide range of subjects, from the behaviour of atoms at temperatures close to absolute zero to the merger of galaxies many light years away. We use microscopes to study the building blocks of stars and planets, and telescopes to study stars and planets themselves. We have an unparalleled suite of analytical instrumentation in our modern laboratories complemented by multi-national facilities such as the diamond synchrotron and the European southern observatory’s telescopes.

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Innovation advisor

Martine Harveymartine.harvey@open.ac.uk

The University of Edinburgh

The School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh aims to be an international research leader in geo data science. This encompasses the development and application of numerical and computational tools to extract information from radar and satellite data. Our capabilities provide an opportunity to advance science on the current state of climate, ocean resources, land use change, ice sheet dynamics, and risk from natural hazards, and global poverty.

We can offer SMEs a means for near-real time analyses of extreme weather, crop stress, tropical forest losses, ice melt, and urban development, among others. We will train the next generation of geo-data scientists and support businesses to understand and map the changing world with technologies such as novel satellite applications and advanced airborne sending systems.

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Innovation advisor

Stuart Simmons: stuart.simmons@ed.ac.uk

University of Southampton

The Space Environment Physics Group at the University of Southampton has expertise in a wide range of space-based and ground-based observations. Furthermore, they operate ground based auroral cameras in Svalbard in the high Arctic to study the fine-scale structure of the aurora and the heating of the upper atmosphere. The Astronautics Group have expertise in areas such as space debris, near-earth objects, and environmental sensors whereas the Space Systems Engineering Group researches the design of small formation-flying spacecraft and fractioned or mini-satellites. The development of autonomous spacecraft, multi-agent systems and biologically-inspired devices and solutions is covered by a research group investigating artificial intelligence, spacecraft autonomy and control.

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Innovation advisor

TBC: business@soton.ac.uk

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