The national SPRINT (SPace Research and Innovation Network for Technology) business support programme has awarded grants to three new UK space research projects following a National Space Strategy sandpit event held in Leicester in April.
Sandpits bring together researchers and companies to discuss a specific topic or problem. They are intensive forums where free thinking is encouraged to explore the highlighted challenges and work together to uncover innovative solutions.
As a result of the sandpit, three new collaborative projects will receive UK Space Agency funding of approximately £10,000 each to enable them to progress their ideas, develop and validate their proposed solutions. Funding has been awarded to Interstellar Space Technologies Ltd, Polychord, and Viridian Logic Ltd and Omanos Analytics to develop feasibility studies around National Space Strategy themes. The funding will enable these SMEs to collaborate with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) including the University of Hull, University of Southampton, University of Edinburgh, York St John University, University of Portsmouth and University of Surrey.
space-junKThe projects aim to address challenges faced by the space sector including reuse and repurposing of end-of-life assets in space, supporting accurate forecasts of aircraft induced clouds, and using Earth Observation technologies and data for nature-based land management solutions.
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