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.”
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.”
FORMER UNIVERSITIES AND SCIENCE MINISTER