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Unlocking Space for Business

Unlocking Space for Business is a new UK Space Agency programme supporting companies to deliver operational, customer and environmental benefits through the use of innovative satellite data and services.

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Unlocking Space for Business programme (pdf)

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Programme Overview   

As part of the government’s plan to make the UK a science and technology superpower, the National Space Strategy sets the ambition to use space to deliver for UK citizens and the world. Unlocking Space for Business will play a key role in enabling this ambition, through the delivery of a range of government initiatives to support the realisation of business, operational and environmental benefits from innovative uses of satellite data and services. Initiatives will include:  

  • information hub: access to insights on how businesses in the financial services, and transport and logistics sectors can unlock value from satellites, with examples of activity from across the world
  • insight and networking events: hosted interactive events that bring the customer and supplier ecosystems together to shape opportunity areas, hear from experts, experience live demonstrations and build new connections. Sign up to keep updated for future events
    • Join us at our upcoming event ‘The Shipping Forecast to 2025: Variable, Space outlook, Good’. Representatives from the maritime sector will highlight key issues affecting commercial operations and foster a meaningful dialogue between satellite service companies and owners of maritime challenges, stimulating collaboration and insights. The event will be held at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton on Tuesday 26 March 2024, and will bring maritime customers and space supplier ecosystems together to shape opportunity areas, hear from experts, and build new connections. Find out more and register your attendance here
  • exploration workshops: dedicated advisory support and expertise through a series of focused workshops to help businesses identify and develop satellite data and service opportunities. Sign up and register your interest in attending an Exploration Workshop
  • learning and development: the programme is now accepting registrations for our learning and development programme, which will be held throughout the first half of 2024. The initial sessions are for those in the Financial Services or Transport and Logistics sectors in alignment with the programmes strategic objectives. If you are in either of these sectors and want to find out how to implement innovative solutions using space-derived data in a series of tailored sessions, register to secure your spot
    • the programme is also planning a dedicated series of sessions later in the year, tailored specifically for suppliers and integrators of space data. Once confirmed, these sessions will be promoted in the Unlocking Space for Business Newsletter and on this page
    • an overview of all sessions will be available once they have concluded
  • funding call: apply for a share of up to £6 million of government funding to help launch innovative pilot projects and the delivery of new satellite data and service opportunities. Funded projects will have opportunities to share their successes and learnings through government showcases. Our Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition has now closed, sign up for updates and information on future funding opportunities in 2024

Important information for participants  

  • Unlocking Space for Business aims to implement a number of customer-focused initiatives to support and enable greater awareness, engagement, learning and development and demand for satellite data and services. It is expected to run until March 2025, and funded projects must be completed within the 18-month lifetime
  • As a new pilot programme, continuous learning and feedback is encouraged from participants of events, workshops and recipients of funding
  • The focus areas for the programme are businesses within the Financial Services, and Transport & Logistics sectors
  • The programme will be open to opportunities across all satellite domains (including satellite imagery, satellite connectivity and communications, satellite position, navigation and timing), in combination with complementary data types
  • Funded projects should be targeting a tangible benefit to the UK, whether that’s the realisation of benefits to UK businesses and citizens, or contributing to the growth of the UK space sector

Further information

Our privacy notice sets out how we will process personal data received through the sign up form for the Unlocking Space for Business Newsletter and upcoming events.

A live webinar took place on Monday 6 November to launch Unlocking Space for Business, looking at what the programme involves and how it could benefit you.

Unlocking Space for Business live launch webinar

If you would like any further information, have any questions or feedback about this programme, or would like to request the newsletter and events sign-up form in a different format, please contact the team at UnlockingSpaceforBusiness@ukspaceagency.gov.uk.

Unlocking Space for Business by the UK Space Agency.

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Published 18 October 2023
Last updated 27 February 2024 + show all updates
  1. New sub bullet added to the 'insight and networking events' bullet under the programme overview heading on the landing page. The bullet outlines a relevant event happening in March 2024.

  2. There has been a change to the wording of the learning and development bullet under the programme overview heading, including a link to register for the learning and development programme.

  3. Addition of links to business registration form in details section of the page.

  4. In details section, date for the transport and logistics event Manchester changed to 5 December 2023.

  5. All changes under Details heading on main page. Update to 'insight and networking events' bullet point, addition of specific events. Link to SBRI competition added to 'funding call' bullet point. Small paragraph of text added to introduce webinar recording. Webinar recording also added.

  6. Slight updates made to the privacy notice document. The Cabinet Office has been added to the list of organisations with whom data will be shared, and a paragraph has been added about email communication.

  7. First published.