ORE Catapult boldly goes with new ESA Space Ambassadors

Published 14 September 2015

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult will host European Space Agency (ESA) Ambassadors for its Integrated Application Programme (IAP) as part of an opportunity to identify and facilitate offshore energy needs that can be fulfilled and supported by space assets.

This activity, part of ESA’s broader network of Ambassador Platforms, is aimed at all aspects of the offshore energy industry, not just renewables. The purpose of the Ambassador Platforms is to raise awareness of the ARTES 20 (Integrated Applications) and ARTES 3-4 (Satellite Communication Applications) programmes and to identify, promote and deliver feasibility studies and demonstration-scale projects.

The Ambassadors, Callum Norrie and Kevin Worrall, will encourage potential partners to engage with the ARTES programmes and help bidders get projects accepted, acting as a liaison between final users and partners who are interested in providing a service using multiple space assets.

Mike Newman, Innovation Manager at ORE Catapult, said:

“Offshore energy represents a key market for the satellite applications industry. At ORE Catapult, we provide an ideal location and in depth knowledge of the offshore renewable energy market specifically. This gives the Ambassadors a good insight into a large part of the wider offshore energy sectors.”

“Given the huge range of potential uses of satellites, we will work with the Ambassadors to explore ways in which satellites can be used to drive forward the development of the UK’s offshore renewable energy industry and the wider offshore energy market, ultimately aiming to secure economic value for the UK by building capability that has cross-sector applications.”

Kevin Worrall added:

“The global space market is growing on average at around 10% per year and the UK already has a strong presence.  Looking forward, the market is expected to continue its high growth, with the bulk of this developing in the downstream applications market. There are strong synergies between the work of the UK’s Catapult Centres and the ESA Offshore Energy Ambassador Platform, and a pressing need to ensure that UK-based initiatives across the offshore energy and space sectors are coordinated and promoted. I look forward to working with my colleagues in ORE Catapult to make the satellite applications and offshore energy industries UK success stories.”


About the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) provides Europe’s gateway to space.

ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA has 20 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, of whom 18 are Member States of the EU.

Two other Member States of the EU, Estonia and Hungary, have signed Accession Agreements to the ESA Convention and, upon ratification, they will soon become the 21st and 22nd ESA Member States, respectively.

ESA has established formal cooperation with seven other Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.  ESA is also working with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes.

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.

ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities.

Today, it develops and launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space.

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