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Qi3 Takes Companies to Space

Qi3 is pleased to announce a PPARC KITE Club workshop on the potential science returns from low-cost space platforms. The workshop will bring together UK industrial and academic competencies in miniaturised, low-cost, highly integrated satellites, platforms and instrument payloads. Discussion will encompass potential benefits to the ESA space science and Earth Observation programmes, together with transferable technology for application in telecommunications and security.

This workshop is the first in a series of events organised by Qi3 in its new appointment as UK Technology Transfer Officer for the European Space Agency (ESA). This appointment is funded by the Office of Science and Innovation and managed by the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council on behalf of a number of partners in the British National Space Centre (BNSC). The event will be held at the Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, Westminster on 24th January 2007. Places are free but limited, so please visit http://www.pparc.ac.uk/In/SLCSM.asp for further details and to register.

Speaking about the workshop, Nathan Hill, Managing Director of Qi3 and Head of the PPARC Innovation Advisory Service said “We are all aware of the financial pressures on the space science programme. It has often been argued that the key science goals are only achievable on sizeable missions. The UK has however demonstrated strength in industrial capability for low-cost platforms together with both industrial and academic strength in low-cost or miniaturised instrumentation. So how far could we achieve these science objectives with lower cost platforms, and what are the benefits in the commercial and defence space markets?”

This workshop will include a briefing from key industry and academic players on their technical capabilities, US and European perspectives on the international issues and plenty of chance for debate.

Qi3 has built a reputation for effective ‘knowledge transfer’ between public and private sectors, and the spinout creation / licensing of a variety of technologies. As the UK Technology Transfer Officer for ESA, Qi3 helps UK businesses benefit from the diverse range of technologies developed in the UK and at ESA in pursuit of space science, space exploration, fundamental physics and earth observation.

Contact: Sue Peffer sue.peffer@qi3.co.uk

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