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Michael Lawrence

Head of Special Projects


Driving Innovation in Space

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The Technology Strategy Board is...

The UK’s Innovation Agency

A national body supporting business innovation

for business benefit

for economic growth

for quality of life

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How do we deliver?

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Where do we contribute most?

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How do we decide where to work?

  • Sectors where UK businesses can thrive

    • Supporting innovative companies in these sectors

  • Large global markets

    • Building the capability of the UK to address markets at the right time

  • Where our support makes a difference

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Technology Inspired Innovation

  • We build capability in the underpinning areas that enable a sure and effective response to market needs

    • Advanced materials,

    • Bioscience,

    • Electronics, photonics and electrical systems,

    • Information and communication technologies,

    • High value manufacturing

    • Nanotechnology

    • Emerging Technologies

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Challenge-led innovation

  • We aim to understand the needs of the markets and support the most innovative and competitive responses

    • Energy generation and supply

    • Environmental sustainability

    • Built environment

    • Creative industries

    • High value services

    • Medicines and healthcare

    • Transport

    • Space

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  • We work with Government as they address societal challenges to give business the future market definition they need to be competitive

    • Low Carbon Vehicles

    • Assisted Living

    • Low Impact Buildings

    • Detection and Identification of Infectious Agents

    • Stratified medicine

    • Sustainable agriculture and food

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We will inspire and enable people to play their part in the innovation economy

We showcase successes

We celebrate and will build a national confidence in the power of innovation

We build networks

We support knowledge exchange for individuals

The Innovation Climate

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Knowledge Transfer Networks

  • National networks in a field of technology or business application, with international perspective

  • Bringing together business, research bodies and the finance community …

  • … to stimulate innovation through exchange of knowledge and expertise.

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Driving Innovation

Driving Innovation

Knowledge Transfer Network Portfolio


Electronics, Sensors & Photonics


‘ICT’ (Digital Communications and Digital Systems merge fully by Mar 11)

Chemistry Innovation

Industrial Mathematics

HealthTec and Medicines

Energy Generation & Supply


Aerospace & Defence

Environmental Sustainability

Modern Built Environment

Creative Industries

Financial Services


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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

  • High calibre, recently-qualified individual placed into business to work on innovation projects under guidance of relevant knowledge base academic.

  • Exchanges knowledge; spreads technical and business skills

  • Brings new expertise and real benefits to companies

  • Provides business experience for graduates

  • Stimulates business-focused education and research in institutions

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Using government procurement to drive innovation.

Enables public sector organisations to procure new technologies faster and with managed risk.

Provides paid contracts for the critical stage of product development

Relaunched 2009

18 Government Departments engaged

Major interest from other public sector bodies

42 competitions

1630 applications

519 contracts (>60% new companies)

Innovation driven by procurement


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Innovation in Space - Background

Jan 2009 – Technology Strategy Board becomes a partner of the British National Space Centre (BNSC)

April 2009 – Responsibility for funding of UK civil telecoms and navigation space activities transferred from BNSC to Technology Strategy Board

April 2011 – UK Space Agency fully operational, leading UK Space policy, Technology Strategy Board continues to drive innovation in Space...

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Implementing the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy

  • Global market forecast to be worth £400 billion by 2030

  • Strategy to capture 10% of market and create over 100,000 jobs in the UK

  • ‘applications and services using Space data will be one of the most important elements for delivering growth’

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Working with the UK Space Agency

Delivery partner of the UK Space Agency for telecommunications and navigation programmes

Promoting business opportunities for the UK Space industry across all Technology Strategy Board activity areas

Supporting innovation in space technology and applications that leads to new commercial exploitation opportunities

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Delivering European Space Agency programmes

Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES)

Development, qualification and demonstration of products and applications

Integrated Applications Promotion

Development of operational services through the combination of different space systems

GNSS Evolution

Technology development for future satellite navigation systems

Technology Transfer

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP’s) for companies in the ESA Business Incubator at Harwell

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Technology Strategy Board UK Space activity - supporting growth

Technology Demonstration

Overcoming a barrier to market

Knowledge Exchange

Knowledge Transfer Networks – Space Special Interest Group

Technology Roadmap process

Open Innovation

ISIC Hub and Spokes

Connecting with SMEs

Collaborative R & D competitions

Digital, Energy, Transport, Agriculture, Low Carbon etc.

Space Feasibility Studies

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CubeSat Challenge - UKube1

With STFC and Astrium

Core funding for platform (ClydeSpace) and support for payload competition

Encourage payload projects to apply for a KTP



Technology demonstration

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TechDemoSat – removing a barrier to market

SSTL project to create a low cost ‘in orbit test bed’ to demonstrate innovative UK technology

Technology Strategy Board and SEEDA providing grant for platform and payload integration

Payloads fully funded by industry and academia

Kicked off Phase 1 (design and payload selection) in October 2010

Launch options under review with UK Space Agency

Phase 2 (build and integration) will commence when launch plan established

18 months from kick off to launch

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Space Knowledge Transfer Network Special Interest Group

A pan-KTN community of space capabilities

Materials, Electronics, Sensors & Photonics, Digital Communications, Digital Systems, Aerospace & Defence, Transport

A neutral facilitator for the delivery of national technology roadmaps

To underpin a National Space Technology Strategy

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Telecommunications dominates the UK Space industry in terms of earnings, exports and employment for both upstream manufacturing and downstream services/applications

Key market opportunities

Satellite Broadband





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Space, planetary and EO science

Monitoring the planet – environment and climate

Commercial EO applications

Security and Defence

UK Capabilities

Detectors (visible, IR and microwave)

Optical and microwave

Active and passive systems

Planetary in-situ

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Position, Navigation & Timing

Market Opportunities

Key Technology Drivers are short term (Galileo, integrated GNSS)

Driven by external (non-space) developments and legislation

UK Capabilities

Well positioned for integration and exploitation

Security (encryption, protection, interference detection)

GNSS test bed “elements” to provide technology in new application areas (Indoor + Transport)


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Robotics & Exploration

Scope includes:

Unmanned planetary platforms


In-situ resources

Human exploration

UK Capabilities

Rover Design & Build

Autonomy/Robotics Control

Resilient Systems

Human Factors

Novel Power

Planetary Protection

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Access to Space

Scope includes:

Launch vehicles

Space tourism

Generic satellite platforms

Orbital transfer modules


Space, planetary and EO science

Monitoring the planet

Commercial EO applications

Security and Defence

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Open Innovation – the role of ISIC

  • brings together businesses, international space agencies, research and technical facilities, government organisations and education facilities

  • facilitates new collaborations and partnerships

  • a seedbed for innovation and enterprise

  • facilitates the commercialisation of innovative research

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What is a technology & innovation centre

  • Business-focused centre that makes world-leading technical capability available to businesses to solve their technical challenges. Provides access to world-leading technical expertise, infrastructure, skills and equipment

  • Access to world-leading technology & expertise

  • Reach into the knowledge base for world-class science

  • Capability to undertake collaborative R&D projects with business

  • Capability to undertake contract research for business

  • Strongly business focused with a professional delivery ethos

  • Create a critical mass of activity

  • Skills development at all levels

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Choice of Technology Areas

Broad Criteria

  • Potential global markets worth £ billions

  • UK world-leading research capability

  • UK business has ability to exploit the technology andcapture a significant share in the UK

  • Centres enable UK to attract and anchor knowledge intensive activities of globally mobile companies

  • Aligned with a national strategic priority area

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  • November 2010

    • TICs on www.innovateuk.org on _connect and centres@tsb.gov.uk

  • 2 December 2010

    • Evidence to House of Commons Select Committee on TICs

  • January 2010

    • Outline prospectus

  • 31st January 2011

    • Register interest in High Value Manufacturing centre

  • 18th February 2011

    • Request for Input into detailed implementation

  • Feb - March 2011

    • Discussions and Workshops

    • Review of Inputs Received

  • April 2011

    • Announce implementation of manufacturing centre

    • Details of implementation of first phase centres (three to four)

    • Publish full strategy and implementation plan.

  • 2012 - 2013

    • First phase of centres up and running

    • Open competition for second full phase of centres in defined areas (three to four)

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UK Sat Nav Competition – ‘Galileo Masters’

With GRACE (Nottingham University)

Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation


Collaborative R & D competitions


Promoting a UK wide Space SME sector

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Feasibility Studies for Innovation in Space

Opened 10 January 2011, closes 10 February 2011

co funded with SEEDA ‘ISIC’ funding

Scope aligned with themes from National Space Technology Road maps

Strongly encourage use of ISIC capability

Aim to enable early collaborative work to establish technical and commercial feasibility of growth opportunities

£25k grants for £33k projects, quick turn round, start March complete June 2011.

£2m total

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Innovation Agency

Space Agency


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