• Organization TypeService Providers
  • Staff101-250
  • Founded2013

Satellite Applications Catapult

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent innovation and technology company, created to foster growth across the economy through the exploitation of space. They help organisations make use of and benefit from satellite technologies, and bring together multi-disciplinary teams to generate ideas and solutions in an open innovation environment. Based in Harwell, near Didcot, the Catapult was established in May 2013 by Innovate UK (formerly known as the Technology Strategy Board) as one of a network of centres to accelerate the take-up of emerging technologies and drive economic growth. They are a not-for-profit research organisation which is registered as a private company limited by guarantee and controlled by its Board. (Read more about the Governance of the Catapult.) Their Role in the Space Sector The UK Space sector is increasingly recognised for its significant contribution to the UK economy. This follows a decade of sustained growth of approximately 9% year-on-year, underpinned by a broad commitment to excellence and innovation. The UK already commands a 7% share of the global space market, and has ambitions to increase this to 10% as the global market swells to a predicted value of £400 billion by 2030. Under the leadership of Chairman Tim Sherwood and Chief Executive Officer Stuart Martin, the Catapult aims to be at the forefront of the UK Space sector’s growth plans and investment. Increasing the UK’s share of the global market by 3% would more than quadruple the UK space-related economy, making it worth an estimated £40 billion per year, and create around 100,000 new high-tech jobs across the country. They are delivering this growth in the Space sector by offering state-of-the-art facilities, expertise and an accessible collaborative environment.
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Staff at Satellite Applications Catapult have experience in


  • private sector development
  • project design
  • development

In the News

Produced in Partnership: Space Data for Development

To infinity and beyond: Funding the future of space projects for development

10 February 2021
Produced in Partnership: Space Data for Development

How user-friendly satellite data could revolutionize development

24 February 2020
Produced in Partnership: Space Data for Development

The rise of collaborative mapping for the masses

29 July 2020
Produced in Partnership: Turning the Tide

Food security in small islands: Getting crop smart in a warming world

16 October 2019

Company Offices

  • United Kingdom (headquarters)
  • Satellite Applications Catapult Electron Building Fermi Avenue Harwell Campus Didcot
  • Oxfordshire OX11 0QR