eHealth & eWellbeing, Marine & Maritime, Mining, Natural Capital

eHealth & eWellbeing

Satellite applications can deliver transformational change in the way that healthcare and wellbeing services are delivered.

Key Developments

> Early Intervention & Diagnosis 

> Remote Monitoring & Consultation 

> Managing Long Term Conditions

In the UK, health inequalities have widened, with the burden of disease and ill-health having a disproportionate effect on those who are most vulnerable. The current Covid 19 pandemic is, in real time, demonstrating the fragility and interconnectedness of our health systems, health and societal behaviours, economics and the environment.

With a focus on innovation and research we bridge across the creative industry sector and the health and wellbeing sector. We develop transdisciplinary approaches to complex challenges optimising a wide range of disciplines with satellite enabled health care. Current areas of focus include: Mental Health, Learning Disability, Health Services Research, Technology Enabled Health Care, User Experience and Health Care.

Design Thinking

The ‘Connected Health Care’ project (CHC) is a Celtic collaboration between industry, academia, and health providers in Cornwall and Scotland. Stimulated by the enduring population and disease pressures on the health care systems, the impact of rurality on patients being able to access care, and a reducing rural workforce within the health sector, the partners have developed an exciting project that optimises connectivity and data technology developed by the space sector, reaching into and supporting primary and secondary care and isolated patients.

Working in collaboration with industry, academia, government and health partners in Cornwall and Scotland will enable us to explore the impact of satellite capability and data technology within mental health services in primary care in Cornwall and diabetes and clinical education in Scotland. The project will run to March 2022.

eHealth & eWellbeing Lead: Anna Mankee-Williams


Marine & Maritime

Data from space is vital to the maritime industry, tracking ships’ locations and sea-going traffic for the sake of safety and economic efficiency. It also has an important role to play in monitoring the marine environment and its sustainability.

Key Developments

> Maritime Cyber Security

> Autonomous Marine Capability

> Marine Modelling

Case Study: Cyber-SHIP

Just as we rely on international shipping for more than 90% of our material and economic wellbeing, seafarers depend on satellite technology. Every vessel’s basic bridge equipment is satellite-connected or reliant on satellite data.

The University of Plymouth’s new £3m ‘Cyber-SHIP Lab’ is raising shipping’s cyber resilience game relative to more cyber aware sectors such as banking. The Lab configures multiple ships’ “systems-of-systems” to test cyber-threat resilience.

It conducts ground-breaking research into individual and assembled system vulnerabilities, enabling the development of mitigation measures, technically and from a human perspective. The Lab is funded by Research England, the University and industry partners.

Marine & Maritime Lead: Chloe Rowland




Satellite technologies can create operational efficiencies within the mining sector, whilst empowering local communities and reducing, even eliminating where possible, environmental degradation.

Mining and space tech might seem like an unusual combination, but remote sensing in geosciences is a growing area of interest for space companies. Mining companies can make sure of satellite data in numerous ways, from using communications to operate autonomous vehicles to using hyperspectral data to map mineralogy across otherwise unapproachably large or remote exploration areas.

We have worked closely with several regional companies and institutions, such as Camborne School of Mines at the University of Exeter, as well as Cornish Lithium, and other Cornwall-based mining and geoscience consultancies, to create some innovative projects, which have successfully secured funding with support from the Satellite Applications Catapult and South West Centre. For mining companies engaging with space tech, the sky is no longer the limit.

Key Developments

> Environmental Baseline & Monitoring 

> Facilitating Social Engagement 

> Creating Operational Efficiency

Mining Lead: Alice Bird



Natural Capital

Remote Sensing data can unlock the value of our Natural Capital.

Key Developments

> Environmental Intelligence

> Sustainable Productivity

> Agritech

Natural Capital brings together our environment and our economy. This approach creates a framework around which we can put value on the natural world in which we live. This enables communities, businesses, and organisations make decisions that put our natural ecosystems on par with our more traditional value concepts of goods and services, and can lead to a wide range of social, economic, and environmental benefits.

There are wide-ranging sectors that can benefit from this approach, both established and emerging. However, to sustainably exploit our natural capital and realise these benefits, we must find new ways of monitoring, measuring, and managing the world around us.

We have been conducting a number of community-building activities, running workshops and interviews with key regional stakeholders to capture requirements, understand ongoing initiatives, and identify the opportunities for satellite technology to play a valuable role.

We have also partnered with Gwen De Groot on the University of Exeter’s MBA programme to explore the business case options that may unlock Earth Observation’s value to Natural Capital in the South West.

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