UK Space Conference 2011 Exhibitors
Monday 04 - Tuesday 05 July 2011, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL
UK Space Conference 2011 exhibiting packages (PDF 204kB) are available.
ABSL Space Products
ARGANS (Applied Research in Geomatics, Atmosphere, Nature and Space)
British Geological Survey (BGS)
Earth Observation at the British Geological Survey.
COM DEV Europe Ltd
COM DEV Europe (CDE) offers a comprehensive range of expertise in the space sector and has full capability in the design and manufacture of ferrite devices, active RF and electronic equipment, passive microwave equipment and integrated assemblies for Communication, Earth Observation and Scientific satellites.
DMC International Imaging
The International Space Innovation Centre (ISIC) is the first centre of its kind in Europe. ISIC’s is a public-private partnership providing a unique environment where government, universities and industry work together to drive innovation and enterprise, creating new technologies, and developing applications and intellectual property for the benefit of the UK.
With a forecast growth in the space market of between five and seven percent per annum to 2020, ISIC will help create a strong, innovative and dynamic community of space science and technologists. Through partnership and close collaboration ISIC will bring together key UK space capabilities, providing more cost effective ways for delivering commercial and government services.
ISIC comprises five facilities, an Earth Observation Hub, a Security and Resilience Unit, A Visualisation Centre, a Business Incubator and Concurrent Design Facility.
ISIC began trading on 1 April 2011. Founding members include; Astrium Services; Astrium GEO-Information Services; Logica; NERC/NCEO; STFC; SSTL; TSB: UK Space Agency and VEGA Space Ltd and University of Surrey.
The UK Government is committed to supporting the space industry. The Space Innovation & Growth Strategy – drawn up by government, industry and academia – is targeting an increase in UK space industry turnover to £40 billion a year, with the aim of employing 100,000 people and increasing the global market share to 10 per cent. And, in the 2011 Chancellor’s Budget, £10 million funding was made available to support new technologies used in spacecraft systems.
Within the UK, the space industry is concentrated in the South East of England, with around 75 per cent of UK annual turnover in this region. The industry is characterised by Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and it is estimated that 71 per cent of companies have less than three employees, with 96 per cent having less than 300 staff.
Against this backdrop, ISIC-Surrey will provide dedicated business support for SMEs and start-up companies operating in the space industry, and specifically for businesses in the South East region.
ISIC-Surrey is directly aligned to the ISIC hub, which is located at the Harwell Science & Innovation Campus. It is also directly linked to the University of Surrey, with its world-class reputation for research, innovation, knowledge transfer and skills development in the space industry. ISIC-Surrey is therefore in an ideal position to support regional businesses and help to nurture further innovation and growth.
Isotron: the Irradiation Specialists
The space radiation environment is a complex and varying phenomenon, dependent upon many factors including orbit, time of year and solar activity. Even with our current understanding of how radiation levels vary around the Earth, it remains far from uncommon for satellites to stop working suddenly due to radiation damage. A proper understanding of the mission requirements and the likely effects of radiation on satellite components help ensure maximum operational reliability.
Radiation dose rates and particle energy spectra depend on the orbit, as well as solar activity, because the Earth’s magnetic field has a very strong influence on the regions where charged particles are present. Radiation levels also vary within a satellite due to the shielding effect of the spacecraft structure. External surfaces are exposed to a higher level of lower energy particles that are unable to penetrate into the inner regions. Our electron and proton facilities are suitable for simulating this external environment and so can be used for assessing the radiation tolerance of solar cells, structural materials, thermal shields or coatings and peripheral instruments. Gamma rays are more penetrating and absorbed less by the body of the satellite. Hence, gamma facilities are appropriate for radiation effects studies on electronic components, sensors and materials throughout a spacecraft.
In addition, we offer the possibility to irradiate simultaneously in a range of gaseous environments or vacuum, with heating or cooling, with or without electrical stress and, for solar cells, under illumination. All our plants offer dosimetry traceable to national standards.
Isotron offers test facilities for total dose, electrons and solar protons as follows:
National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is a world leading National Measurement Institute for the physical sciences committed to using the science of measurement to help drive innovation, support industry and improve the quality of life.
To accelerate the delivery of world-class science by unlocking the full potential of Earth Observation to monitor, diagnose and predict climate and environmental changes, and to ensure that scientific advances translate into public good.
RAL Space has been involved in world-leading research and technology development for space missions since the mid-1970's. With significant involvement in over 199 space missions, RAL Space is at the very forefront of UK space research. Based at STFC's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory the department also offers space test facilities, a precision design and manufacture capability, scientific instrument and mission design and studies for science and technology requirements. RAL Space's expertise covers a wide range of disciplines including: astronomy, solar physics, planetary physics, fundamental physics, earth observation, atmospheric chemistry, and radio propagation. Our engineering disciplines include space electronics, detector systems, thermal and mechanical engineering, optics design, software engineering and e-Science.
RAL Space is dedicated to supporting the programmes of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), as well as undertaking a large number of space projects for UK and overseas agencies, universities, and industrial companies. RAL Space always looks to exploit its' technology with industry and universities under collaborative programmes.
RAL Space also acts as the prime technical institute of the UK Space Agency which coordinates UK civil space activities, and supports the space community in the provision of space and ground based studies of the Earth and its atmosphere, of astronomy, of planetary/solar system science, and of solar-terrestrial phenomena. Collaborations with industry and academia have been set up to support ESA and NASA missions, although there is ongoing work on projects with other countries and organisations including China, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Pakistan, Russia and the European Union.
Reaction Engines Ltd (REL)
Reaction Engines Ltd (REL) designs and develops advanced space transport and propulsion systems. REL is both expert and experienced in space transportation generally, and in the engines for reusable space launchers specifically. By applying a combination of established physical principles and innovative engineering design, we intend to develop a range of products that will enable the commercial exploitation of space.
Royal Aeronautical Society
The Royal Aeronautical Society is the world's only professional body dedicated to the entire aerospace community. The Society' charter to further the art, science and engineering of aeronautics makes it the focal point for today's global aerospace community. We promote the highest professional standards in all aerospace disciplines; provide specialist information and act as a central forum for the exchange of ideas. The Society also plays a leading role in influencing opinion on aerospace matters along with focusing on career development and youth initiatives. The Society operates from a stylish town house headquarters in Mayfair, Central London.
Qioptiq Space Technology is a specialist manufacturer of radiation stable micro-sheet cover glass for the space industry. With a dedicated glass melter housed in our facilities in the United Kingdom, we can offer you a fully integrated manufacturing capability. Furthermore, our advanced research and development continue to keep us on the leading edge of space technology.
The SciSys Group is a leading developer of ICT services, e-Business and advanced technology solutions which operates in a broad spectrum of market sectors including space, utilities, defence, government, communication, business services, media and broadcast and transport. Within these markets, the SciSys group has been involved in significant developments in key technologies which have changed the way people do their jobs. SciSys' clients are predominantly blue chip and public sector organizations. Customers include the Environment Agency, MOD, Thames Water, Astrium, the European Space Agency, the BBC, Deutsche Welle, the Coal Authority and the RNLI. The group has offices in Chippenham, Bristol and Reading in the UK and in Bochum, Darmstadt and Oberpfaffenhofen in Germany.
Serco improves the quality and efficiency of essential services that matter to millions of people around the world. The work Serco does for national and local governments involves the most important areas of public service, including health, education, transport, science and defence. Serco's private sector customers are industry-leading organisations in a wide variety of markets.
Space Research Centre, University of Leicester
The Space Research Centre is part of the University of Leicester's Department of Physics and Astronomy and comprises a Space Science and Instrumentation (SSI) group and an Earth Observation (EOS) group.
SSI develops novel sensors and optics primarily for space missions, including satellites for high energy (X-ray) astrophysics, planetary landers and orbiters and also engages in interdisciplinary research and development in the Life Sciences and Medicine. The EOS group specifically uses satellites to undertake studies of the climate and the atmosphere including missions which examine sea and land surface temperatures of the Earth, greenhouse gases and clouds/rainfall.
The activities of both groups are clearly focussed on satellite missions and embrace all aspects from the design and build of instruments through to the exploitation of data. The groups work extensively with space agencies and collaborate with national and international companies in delivering mission-ready hardware and software.
The Space Research Centre has an active and well established track record of successfully transfering its space related expertise and technologies to earth bound applications, with two business facing units - "G-STEP" and "Space IDEAS Hub" – focussing respectively on EOS and SSI knowledge transfer activities.
SSBV is a technology driven organisation, active in the domains of: (aero)Space, Remote Sensing & Monitoring, Defence & Security and High-Tech Systems.
Based on in-house technology, engineering skills and long-lasting partnerships, SSBV is able to provide System, subsystem and unit/product level solutions for Ground and Space based applications.
Since its incorporation as Satellite Services B.V. in 1985, the company has evolved from a small engineering company into a group of companies operating from a number of countries.
STAR-Dundee Ltd specialises in supporting users and developers of SpaceWire, a standard for data communications onboard satellites and spacecraft. SpaceWire has emerged as one of the main spacecraft data-handling networks since official publication in January 2003. It is now being used on many ESA, NASA and JAXA spacecraft and by research organisations and space industry across the world. SpaceWire's speed, simplicity, flexibility and interoperability have contributed to its growing popularity.
SpaceWire is designed to connect together high data-rate sensors, processing units, memory devices and telemetry/telecommand sub-systems onboard spacecraft. It provides high-speed (2 to 200 Mbits/s), bi-directional, full-duplex, links which connect together SpaceWire devices. Networks are built to suit a particular application simply using point-to-point data links and routing switches. Application information is sent along a SpaceWire link in discrete packets which are delivered to their destination using worm-hole routing. Control and time information can also be sent along SpaceWire links, with time-codes seamlessly taking a higher priority than data characters. An important advantage of SpaceWire is its low complexity allowing a SpaceWire interface to be implemented easily and cheaply with low power consumption in both ASICs and FPGAs. Similarly, worm-hole routing minimizes the amount of buffer memory needed in the routing switches, an expensive resource, especially in radiation tolerant technologies.
STAR-Dundee produces a wide range of equipment to enable the development, simulation and testing of SpaceWire networks and devices, along with chip designs, IP cores, design services, consultancy and training. STAR-Dundee has provided SpaceWire technology currently used in Earth Observation and Science missions developed in Europe, USA, Japan, China, India and other parts of the world. STAR-Dundee also provides first-class and acclaimed technical support to SpaceWire developers, making available over 80 person-years experience in SpaceWire technology which includes authorship of the SpaceWire standard.
Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL)
More than 25 years of space innovation, taking a unique approach to the design, build, launch and operation of satellites, has propelled SSTL to the forefront of the small satellite industry. SSTL's drive to change the economics of space means that we continue to push the boundaries of space, exploiting advances in technologies and continuing to challenge conventions, bringing affordable space exploration to our customers.
SSTL delivers complete mission solutions for remote sensing, science, navigation and telecommunications as well as supplying avionics suites, subsystems and ground infrastructure. SSTL's vertically integrated projects have earned us a reputation for delivering to short schedules and within tight budgets.
SSTL is delivering outstanding resolution optical systems for commercial missions, constellations and now Earthmapper, an 'always on' global imaging system providing full coverage of the Earth's land area in just 5 days - or in just one day flown in constellation, while the innovative NovaSAR is setting a benchmark in value and performance for space-borne synthetic aperture radar systems.
SSTL's new 3,700 square metre technical facility has been completed, with six satellites under manufacture plus 14 navigation payloads for the European GNSS constellation, the short wave infrared spectrometer for ESA's Sentinel 5 Precursor mission and the multispectral imager for ESA's EarthCARE mission. Three of the satellites have been procured under a new business model. A constellation of three SSTL 300 S1 spacecraft has been leased to provide 1-metre imagery without the complexity associated with operating, tasking and procuring a satellite mission.
SSTL has delivered 34 satellites to international customers, increasing to more than 40 by the end of 2011. SST-US serving the US market www.sst-us.com; SSTL-UK serving the rest of the world www.sstl.co.uk
UK Space Agency
The UK Space Agency is at the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space. It is responsible for all strategic decisions on the UK civil space programme and provides a clear, single voice for UK space ambitions.
Second only to the USA in space science, the UK's thriving space sector contributes £7.5bn a year to the UK economy, directly employs 24,900 and supports a further 60,000 jobs across a variety of industries.
VEGA is a leading name in the European Space sector, working with Space agencies, satellite operators and manufacturers worldwide. We support the full programme lifecycle to ensure that the design, development and operation of Space missions meet the programme goals.
VEGA employs nearly 400 highly qualified staff in the Space domain, working worldwide, from our companies in the UK, Germany, France and Spain. We have a first-class reputation for innovation and pragmatism, providing consulting and engineering services and developing technoogy solutions to help guarantee the success of our clients' Space programmes.
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