A commitment to inject £92 million to study the feasibility of a national alternative to the EU’s Galileo satellite system has been welcomed in the North East.
Brian Archer, Managing Director of Business Durham, which leads the consortium that runs the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence, said: “We welcome this commitment to the UK space sector, while negotiations continue on future membership of Galileo.
“The space sector in the North East is vibrant and growing and companies in the region have the skills and expertise to make a valuable contribution to this important industry. That applies not just to companies already working in the sector, but those with potential to work in it.
“The North East Satellite Application Centre of Excellence is working to ensure companies in the region are well placed to take advantage of opportunities in the sector.
“One of the great strengths of the region is the willingness of businesses, universities and public sector bodies to support each other and collaborate on projects that provide tangible solutions to real problems.”
The North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence, one of five across the country, is based at the North East Technology Park (NETPark) in Sedgefield, County Durham. It is delivered by Business Durham, the economic development organisation for County Durham and funded by the Satellite Applications Catapult and the UK Space Agency.