A leading light of the UK’s space industry has completed a prestigious contract with The University of Edinburgh (UoE) to provide guidance for anyone looking to get involved in the emerging sector.
The capital-headquartered AstroAgency has finished a successful pilot project, guiding students looking to enter the sector – as well as established local companies – on how to reap the huge potential rewards from one of the UK’s fastest growing sectors.
As part of UoE’s work to become the leading academic institution in the field, drop-in sessions were held each week at The Bayes Centre – the university’s innovation hub for data science and artificial intelligence that features a number of space related artefacts including the university’s advanced space humanoid, the NASA robot Valkyrie.
The partnership encouraged a number of students and entrepreneurs to attend both in person and virtual sessions to learn more about the sector and create their own space start-ups, gaining insights in marketing, messaging and market intelligence.
Kristina Tamane, Space Sector Lead at the University of Edinburgh said: “This partnership with AstroAgency allowed us to continue to support space entrepreneurs both within the university and the ecosystem around us - which is exciting and timely as the space sector in Scotland and the UK is rapidly expanding.
“This pilot was a key part of the planned Space Innovation Hub activity, which contributes to our aim to be known as a Global Space University and the Space Data Capital of Europe.
“We were pleased to see many colleagues and external companies take the opportunity to speak to AstroAgency and, as a result, be well prepared to succeed in the exciting space market.”
The pilot proved a great success with participants attending the drop-in sessions from both Edinburgh and further afield – the increased reach of social media even pulled in global participants from Canada. The Space Innovation Hub are looking at how to ensure this activity could be sustainable long term.
The University of Edinburgh is developing its Space Innovation Hub internally and has strategically partnered with the Satellite Applications Catapult, which has opened a series of Space Enterprise Labs (SELs) providing students with the latest collaborative technology, resources and expertise. Excitingly, one of the SELs is in the Bayes Centre, enabled by the Space Innovation Hub.
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