Inmarsat demonstrates innovation with UK space industry

23 September 2019: Inmarsat will showcase its leading role in the UK space sector at the UK Space Conference from the 24 – 26 September in Newport, Wales.

As well as supporting UK small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) as they look to enter the sector with innovative technology, our world-leading capabilities will be highlighted through an immersive virtual reality display on stand C15.

Conference delegates will have the opportunity to ‘hold’ our satellites in the palms of their hands, ‘view’ them in orbit as well as plot their footprint to see how they provide truly global coverage. They can even ‘take them out of orbit’ and into the lab to ‘walk around’ them to see their true size.

VR display

In addition to our existing 13 satellites in geostationary orbit, the VR display will also allow visitors to explore our new satellites – from the latest Ka-band satellite GX5 due to launch before the end of 2019 and the Inmarsat-6 fleet, to GX7, 8 and 9 plus the GX10A and 10B Arctic broadband satellites scheduled to be launched over the coming years – clearly demonstrating our commitment to investing in our future, in innovation and in creating depth in truly global, seamless coverage.

During the conference Nick Shave, Vice President Strategy and Programmes, Inmarsat Global Government and recently-appointed Vice Chair of UKspace, the trade association for the UK’s space industry, will chair ‘Pitch to the Primes’ where small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) will showcase innovation to industry leaders.

The session on 25 September in the afternoon slot, offers significant opportunity for early stage SMEs and start-ups to showcase their innovations to a panel of influential space industry leaders.

Space industry

The conference committee has selected companies from the upstream and downstream to identify potential new supply chain opportunities. Alongside Nick as panel chairman will be senior representatives from across the space industry, including Airbus Defence and Space, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and Thales Alenia Space UK.

Nick Shave said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed to the UKspace Vice Chair role. I look forward to working closely with colleagues across all companies in the sector and to continue the important work of the association in supporting the rapid expansion of the industry. Innovation is at the heart of our work at Inmarsat and hosting the opportunity for new companies coming into the space sector to present to major industry primes at the conference will be a real pleasure.”

Inmarsat’s Global Government business supports more than 80 government customers around the world with market-leading satellite services.

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