Oxford Space Industry Day

Oxford Physics hosted the inaugural Oxford Space Research Network Industry Day on 27th September 2018, with over 170 delegates registered from the Space industry and across the university.

The UK Space Sector is growing rapidly with a target to reach £30Bn p.a. by 2030, with much of this driven by a revolution in small satellites and the increased ability to process, transmit and analyse data. The addition of the plan for sampling Mars, the Deep Space Gateway and the UK satellite launch facility and spaceports makes for an exciting future in space research and innovation with many of the new developments focussed around the Space Cluster at Harwell. The University of Oxford has a wide range of research interests of relevance to space and the opportunity to transfer knowledge from other application areas into the space sector. It therefore hosted a space industry day to tap into this enthusiasm and facilitate future developments.

The purpose of the day was to:

  • Showcase Oxford University research and innovation of relevance to the space sector
  • Collaborate with partners (e.g. ESA, RAL Space and the Satellite Applications Catapult) in showcasing our joint capabilities
  • Enable Oxford University researchers to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by the space sector
  • Enable potential collaborations between Oxford University researchers and the space sector to be initiated

The audience for the day was:

  • Industry and government representatives involved in space research and innovation
  • Spin-out companies and start-ups interested in working in the space sector
  • Researchers currently involved in space research, or in adjacent technology areas of potential importance to space, who want to showcase their work and develop collaborations

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