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Focus

Rocket Propulsion

The rapidly growing market for small low-cost satellites and satellite constellations is driving renewed interest in affordable launch systems and spacecraft propulsion. Companies innovating for full size rocket engines to micro-sized in-orbit propulsion and control will drive this new market, including development of ‘green’ propellants. This requires greater capacity in specialist engineering, manufacturing and related capabilities, including chemistry, material science and thermal engineering.

5G communications development

5G networks will be instrumental in delivering ubiquitous and ultra-high broadband infrastructure. Through integration of satellite and terrestrial networks, seamless connectivity will support new verticals (e.g. healthcare, automotive) for massive Machine-Type Communications (mMTC) and ultra-reliable low latency communications applications, anywhere in the world. Access to the latest generation of networking equipment (hardware, software, platform) and expertise at Westcott, will allow companies to rapidly prototype and commission new services and applications, under representative real-world conditions ahead of market rollout.

Drones and other autonomous systems

Drones make use of satellite navigation, communications systems and space instrumentation and are increasingly being used for asset monitoring, logistics and agriculture. A major focus for Westcott is safe and robust operation of drones and other autonomous systems, particularly under Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) conditions.

The deployment and use of 5G testbeds is crucial to enabling the early engagement of infrastructure end-users to provide a way for them to shape the way services will be delivered by 5G infrastructure.

 

TOM RUBAN

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, EMEA, JUNIPER NETWORKS

The traditional space sector is changing and the way we access space is changing too, which is why this is a truly important moment for us. It’s vital that we don’t miss the exciting opportunities that are now ahead of us.

 

JO JOHNSON

FORMER UNIVERSITIES AND SCIENCE MINISTER

Fact: Drones and other autonomous systems

A report by KPCB suggests a CAGR of 98% in consumer drone shipments (commercial drone market figures are more difficult to come by). As another data point, DJI, the largest drone manufacturer globally with about 70% market share, achieved an average c.150% YoY growth in revenue over the last 3 years.

PwC’s global report on the commercial applications of drone technology estimates an addressable market of £100 billion (time frame not specified) across multiple verticals such as infrastructure monitoring, agriculture, security etc.

Fact: 5G Communications Development

Reports suggest that between 2019 and 2025, the 5G network infrastructure market is expected to grow aggressively at a CAGR of nearly 70%, eventually accounting for £20 billion in annual spending by the end of 2025. These infrastructure investments will be complemented by annual shipments of up to 520 Million 5G-capable devices.

Fact: Rocket Propulsion

According to the Satellite Applications Catapult’s latest Small Satellite Market Intelligence Report, 63 small launch vehicles have been identified, with 59 of these “in development”. Tied with the UK’s ambition to have an operational spaceport by 2020, Westcott provides a key testing and evaluation location for UK and international businesses in the rocket propulsion sector.