Open Innovation – Space initiative launched for SMEs

The UK’s space industry leaders have teamed together to bring new thinking to future space solutions by launching the Open Innovation – Space initiative which aims to increase SME involvement in future satellite communications services and space activities.

The consortium, which includes Airbus, KBR, Leidos, Northrop Grumman and QinetiQ, has extensive experience in mission critical communication services and associated space ground and management segments. Open Innovation – Space will look to significantly raise SME engagement to accelerate regional recovery by broadening potential investment in novel solutions and ideas. There is a dedicated portal at www.openinovationspace.uk to engage with the team and companies from across the UK are encouraged to participate.

The consortium partners have been at the heart of the UK’s defence and space sector for more than 50 years having developed leading edge design, manufacturing, systems and service capabilities across the entire space domain.

The consortium partners include leaders in modernising defence information technology systems as well as trusted providers of research, technology advice, products and mission rehearsal services. With proven capabilities to enable interoperability with allies, including the US, NATO, Five Eyes etc, the consortium share a vision of the future and a commitment to grow the UK’s industrial footprint through SME engagement. 

  • Sam Wyatt

    Sam Wyatt

    Programme Manager | Defence and Cyber Security
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