Organisations with Specialist Advice

Organisations with Specialist Advice

Key support organisations in the UK space sector


UK Space Agency logoUK Space Agency

The UK Space Agency is responsible for all strategic decisions on the UK civil space programme and provides a clear, single voice for UK space ambitions. At the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space, the UK Space Agency is responsible for ensuring that the UK retains and grows a strategic capability in space-based systems, technologies, science and applications. It leads the UK’s civil space programme in order to win sustainable economic growth, secure new scientific knowledge and provide benefit to all citizens.



UKspace logoUKspace is the trade association of the UK space industry, dedicated to representing the interests of its members and supporting them in growing and developing their businesses. UKspace also has an SME Forum, which focuses on the needs of SMEs and provides low-cost routes to a range of expertise and resources for a vital part of the space industrial community.


SFN logoSatellite Finance Network

The Satellite Finance Network (SFN) is a network of individuals and organisations from the finance, legal, insurance, government and space technology and applications communities, from start-ups and small companies to industry leaders, with a common interest in delivering satellite and space-enabled projects to domestic and export markets around the world.


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. Satellite Applications Catapult logoIt helps organisations make use of and benefit from satellite technologies, and brings 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 as one of a network of centres to accelerate the take-up of emerging technologies and drive economic growth.


European Space Agency

ESA logoThe European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. It is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities.


Knowledge Transfer Network

KTN logoThe Knowledge Transfer Network connects the spectrum of activities across the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy with existing communities, to foster a space community spanning government, industry and academia.


Centres of Excellence

The five Satellite Applications Catapult Centres of Excellence provide a link between universities and businesses in the regions. Engage with the Centres of Excellence to realise the potential of satellite data and applications for your business.