This year the conference takes place at Manchester’s Central Convention Complex over three days from 30th May. The conference will bring together over a thousand delegates, and more than one hundred exhibitors, for in-depth discussions around the key opportunities and challenges facing the UK and international space industries from political and economic, to scientific and technical.
The UK Space Agency, a key supporter of the UK Space Conference, is supporting UK industry with the task of attracting at least 10% of the predicted £400bn global market for space to the UK by 2030. To achieve this ambitious aim, the country will need companies like Earth-i to grow and develop their UK-based satellite data capabilities and a range of industry-leading propositions offered to an ever expanding number of global customers.
Earth-i is perfectly placed to meet the challenge set by the Agency for ambituous growth, addressing the global market opportunity through their abilty to provide customers with high resolution imagery of areas of interest, and on a daily basis if required. Earth-i is already making healthy contributions towards these targets, having recently won a major State-wide contract for the Government of Queensland, Australia.
Chief Executive and founder of Earth-i, Richard Blain, explains his reasons for supporting the UK Space Conference as a Gold Sponsor, and how the company will help meet the country’s ambitions: “Earth-i is on an ambitious journey to cement its place as a leading UK company operating in the global market for satellite services. We fully support the 10% global market-share goal set by the British government; we are looking forward to discussing and debating how this can be achieved with our industry colleagues and partners at the UK Space Conference 2017.
“In addition to the opportunity to exhibit our capabilities, the forums and panels privide an ideal opportunity for us to add our voice to those of other leading players in the sector, both SMEs and large multinationals. We all have our role to play and we are especially looking forward to supporting the panel for the ‘Pitch to the Primes’ session on 31st May. SMEs like ourselves, with ambitious plans, will be as much the engines of growth as our colleagues in more established businesses.“
His views appear to be in accord with those of Sir Martin Sweeting, Executive Chairman of Earth-i’s neighbours SSTL, who said that “the UK Space Conference provides a vital forum for the UK Space Sector, academia and policy makers to network, debate, form new collaborations and do business.”