It’s lift-off for Cornwall’s leading space technology companies which are sending a delegation to a major expo for the UK’s £16.4bn space industry.
From deep space communication and equipment testing for beyond earth orbit missions to the innovative application and democratisation of satellite data – key players from Cornwall’s space businesses are representing the breadth of the industry at this year’s Space-Comm Expo.
The UK’s first event dedicated to the commercialisation of space, Space-Comm Expo, in Farnborough on July 7 and 8, features the supply chain of products, components, solutions and services that supply the space industry – showcasing the commercial opportunities within the industry that is worth £16.4 bn to the UK economy.
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Cornwall has already proved itself as a key player in the future of the UK’s industry. Home to the world’s most capable ground station, the UK’s first dedicated horizontal satellite launch site and a wealth of businesses disrupting and innovating the supply chain and associated services, Space-Comm will be an opportunity to further highlight the world-leading potential of the region’s sector.
The event will host the first public panel discussion between four of the seven potential UK spaceports, which will feature head of Spaceport Cornwall, Melissa Thorpe.
Following the recent success of partner Virgin Orbit’s Tubular Bells Mission in California, Ms Thorpe will be sharing the progress of Spaceport Cornwall and discussing the positive economic impact of the Spaceport as development ramps up ahead of the first launch in 2022.
Integral to Cornwall’s, and the UK’s launch ambitions, Goonhilly Earth Station will also be in attendance. Goonhilly’s world-leading capabilities in communications, AI and data processing are intrinsic to the rapid development of associated industries and technologies within Cornwall’s space cluster.
Goonhilly recently became the world’s first commercial deep space communications operator working closely with the European Space Agency helping to command and downlink data from missions such as Mars Express.
It also announced a new long-term agreement with Intuitive Machines (IM) , experts in advanced manufacturing, propulsion, automated systems and agile software, which will see it support every stage of IM’s upcoming missions to the Moon, including the 2022 IM-1 mission.
The support will range from launch and early operations, through transit, and including lunar operations – cementing the UK’s role in the next phase of lunar exploration.
Also providing services to the rapidly growing commercial space sector, Cornish start-up Exobotics uses the latest advancements in robotics, materials, structures and artificial intelligence to enable low-cost space flight for missions to the Moon and beyond.
Its long term goal is reducing cost and scale required to explore space, making beyond earth missions as accessible to companies as Lower Earth Orbit.
The company will be launching its latest product, built to revolutionise the testing process of components, subsystems and satellites.
Representing the vast reach of the space industry and its mutually beneficial relationship with associated services, Redruth’s Bluefruit Software will be showcasing its innovative new AI offering.
Their Audio Classifier Equipment (ACE) makes it possible to “listen” to machines – diagnosing internal faults through sound recognition using real-time AI solutions. The firm is taking what it learned from ACE and applying it to other data sources, not just sound.
With Bluefruit’s sensorless-AI patent the states of motors and generators are inferred without additional sensors using the data typically generated by the existing software running these machines – offering huge potential to the space sector supply chain.
Further highlighting the benefits of increased data access through the new era of space, experts in cloud strategy and digital transformation, Cloud Digital is on a mission to unlock the complex web of space data for business benefit. It has begun to build an Earth Vision platform with the help of Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd as strategic partner.
Cloud Digital intends to integrate the rich web of space data harvested from satellites into mainstream software offerings. As an accredited partner of Google, it will also further leverage their big data and AI capabilities to manage complex space data structures.
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TouchByte, based in Penryn, will showcase facial recognition solution – Facentry. Developed with funding from Innovate UK, the Contactless Access Control system opens up the opportunity for the space and aerospace sectors to add additional layers of security to their locations – such as ground operation stations.
Facentry uses a person’s face to access a location, building or room, replacing unsafe fingerprints and keypads and a solution that meets the needs of a post Covid-19 world.
Gail Eastaugh, director, R&D organisation AeroSpace Cornwal, saidl: “Space-Comm represents an opportunity for us to showcase the breadth of Cornwall’s space cluster.
“When many people think of the industry they focus on launch – we’re thrilled to not only be showcasing Cornwall’s launch capabilities but also highlighting the associated supply chain activity and innovation happening within the sector.”
Melissa Thorpe, Head of Spaceport Cornwall, said: “It’s great to have the strength of the UK’s space industry back together in a physical place. This is a key event and it’s wonderful to see the innovation of Cornwall’s space cluster represented – leading the way towards launch from UK soil at Spaceport Cornwall in 2022.”
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