27 Nov 2020

Open Innovation Space Initiative

The UK’s space industry leader Airbus, has teamed with KBRLeidos UKNorthrop Grumman and QinetiQ to bring new thinking to future space solutions and to launch the Open Innovation – Space initiative. 

The aim of Open Innovation – Space is to further increase SME involvement in UK future satellite communications services and space activities creating high value jobs and growth across the UK.

Building Greater SME Engagement

The consortium, comprising the UK leader in space and sovereign military satellite communication services, and leading defence companies in their fields, have extensive experience in mission critical communication services and associated space, ground and management segments. With proven track records of modernising defence services, the consortium partners already engage with many SMEs to serve government and commercial customers.

Open Innovation – Space will look to significantly raise this SME engagement to accelerate regional recovery by broadening potential investment in novel solutions and ideas.

The Best of Industry

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 includes Airbus, the global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced telecommunications satellites providing a range of space-based services to customers worldwide including the support of the UK Armed Forces, and its NATO Allies; plus 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, the consortium share a vision of the future and a commitment to grow the UK’s industrial footprint through SME engagement.

To hear more about the UK’s future space solutions, register your company’s interest in working with the consortium. Contact them here to join the journey to bring greater innovation and grow the UK’s space capability and industrial expertise!

Fred Sugden

Fred Sugden

Associate Director, Defence and National Security, techUK


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