The Satellite Applications Catapult (SAC) is an independent innovation and technology company, created by Innovate UK to drive economic growth through the exploitation of space. In partnership with the UK Space Agency, SAC funds and manages a regional network connecting space innovation and activities across the UK.

We work with businesses of all sizes to realise their potential from space infrastructure and its applications, and we bring together multidisciplinary teams to generate ideas and solutions in an open innovation environment.

For more information visit and @SatAppsCatapult.

Harwell Space Cluster

SAC is based within the Harwell Space Cluster, and is home to other key Space stakeholders, including the European Space Agency (ESA), UK Space Agency, RAL Space and the Science & Technology Facilities Council.

Global space companies such as Airbus Defence & Space, Lockheed Martin and Thales Alenia Space have also established a presence at Harwell, with activities ranging from the design of propulsion subsystems to satellite navigation systems. These are joined by a range of SMEs from start-ups in the European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre to rapidly growing companies such as Oxford Space Systems, Deimos Space UK, Rezatec and NDA.

The Harwell Space Cluster is part of the UK strategy to increase its share of the rapidly expanding world space market to 10% by 2030. The UK Space market was worth £14.8bn to the economy in 2016/7, and has tripled in size since 2000. The UK Space sector already provides 41,900 jobs and directly contributes £5.1 billion GVA to UK GDP.

SAC Regional Growth Team

As Regional Innovation and Design Lead within the SAC Regional Growth Team, Joel Freedman works closely with the South West Centre of Excellence, to identify opportunities across a range of sectors, and connects challenge owners with solution providers, in order to stimulate the development of new ideas.

Formerly the Head of User Centred Design at the Catapult, Joel brings his experience using a design thinking approach to catalyse innovation across the regional network, running stakeholder engagement workshops, conducting design research projects, and providing innovation consultancy to government, academia, and businesses, both large and small. Email:

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