Satellite Applications Catapult (External organisation)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of board


The Cross-sector Microgravity Commercialization Community Working Group has been established by the Satellite Applications Catapult and STFC (UKSA) to act as a meeting point for thought leaders, industry, government, and academics to collaborate with the aim of developing a vibrant ecosystem for driving commercialisation of microgravity applications.

Moreover, building on the announcement of the Business in Space Growth Network (BSGN) Advanced Materials Accelerator, and the UK’s leading expertise in material science, manufacturing, and R&D, the development of a materials science and innovation position paper is being implemented.

Initiated from two online workshops run in September 2021, attended by a cross-section of UK academia, industry, and government, a consensus emerged that there was a need to engage directly with space sector experts, across a range of sub-disciplines, to collectively articulate the opportunities for the sector; from development of new novel materials for use in space, to understanding fundamental processes which could support terrestrial developments.

Following these workshops, a working group has come together to develop the abovementioned paper, the working group members* include:
•Professor Ian Hamerton – University of Bristol
•Professor Marcello Lappa – University of Strathclyde
•Associate Professor Andrew Kao – University of Greenwich
•Peter C E Roberts – University of Manchester
•Philip Carvil – Science and Technology Facilities Council | UK Research and Innovation
•Hamid Soorghali – Satellite Applications Catapult
Period2021 → …
Held atSatellite Applications Catapult, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational