Plant & Works Engineering
MTC and Satellite Applications Catapult join forces to exploit space opportunities
Published:  28 March, 2022

The rapid growth in the global and UK space sectors will see the the High Value Manufacturing Catapult’s Manufacturing Technology Centre and the Satellite Applications Catapult join forces to exploit the opportunities.

The Coventry-based MTC and the SAC, headquartered on the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire, will work together to develop the next generation of space technology, underpinned by advanced manufacturing technologies both on earth and in space.

The global space industry is booming and is forecast to be worth almost a trillion pounds by 2030. The link-up between these two cutting edge organisations aims to help UK businesses take advantage of that growth.

The two organisations will work collaboratively on exploring innovative technologies, advanced manufacturing processes, including in-space assembly, and supply chain readiness, leveraging the specialist expertise and extensive capabilities of both centres.

The partnership will also organise the two-day “Made for Space – New Frontiers” industry and supply chain conference being held at the MTC in July. This will feature leading international experts who will explain the opportunities in the space sector for UK manufacturers.

MTC chief executive Dr Clive Hickman commented: “Advanced manufacturing technologies and processes are critical enablers for new spacecraft, complex space operations and enhanced space systems. “This collaboration marks a step forward in recognising the massive growth in the space sector. We will work together to drive collaborative projects which can create greater growth and benefits for UK business.”

Stuart Martin, chief executive of the Satellite Applications Catapult added: “Collaboration drives innovation in our sector, and together with the MTC, we will ensure that all space companies can access the expertise and facilities they need to grow and succeed in this dynamic industry, which is a major driver of economic growth for the UK.”