Space Hub launched for collaboration opportunities

14th February 2019
Alex Lynn

It has been announced by Clarion Events that Airbus will return to DSEI in September and exhibit in the newly created Space Hub, which will be located within DSEI’s Aerospace Zone. The Space Hub will feature innovative companies in both space and defence sectors, offering a dedicated platform for network and collaboration.

Grant Burgham, Event Director, said: “Clarion Events is thrilled to welcome back Airbus at DSEI 2019. It is an exciting time for us as we are launching the Space Hub to reflect the increasing value and importance of the space sector to the security and defence industry.”

Colin Paynter, Managing Director, Airbus Defence and Space UK, added: “We’re delighted to be returning to DSEI for the first time since 2015. The Space Hub will be the perfect showcase for our Skynet military satellite communications and Earth observation capabilities. We’re looking forward to demonstrating some of the sovereign technologies that sit at the heart of the UK’s world-leading space sector.”

The Space Hub will be an opportunity for the industry, the MOD as well as international delegations to discuss the next-generation capabilities critical issues and challenges.

The space sector has grown substantially over the past few years. In the UK it supports over 40,000 jobs across the country and the total income now stands at £14.8bn. As reported by the UK government Defence and military have seen strong growth, increasing from two to eight percent of income. Space has with no doubt become a vital part of the defence industry, with a significant reliance on satellites to provide the data needed for military operations.

With engagement from prime defence suppliers through to SMEs - providing LEO satellite data and analytics, the Space Hub will create a forum to discuss how geospatial data is impacting real-time decision making and intelligent tactical positioning amongst the Forces.

DSEI’s comprehensive conference programme will also reflect this emphasis on space with a dedicated day in the Aerospace Seminar. Alongside Airbus, exhibitors who already signed up to the Space Hub include; GovSat, Arralis and Avanti. 

Paul Wells, Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer at GovSat, said: “After a successful launch and great operational first year, GovSat is developing at a rapid pace. The Space Hub at DSEI 2019 is a great opportunity for the company to showcase its MilSatCom capabilities and services to governmental and institutional users.”

Donald Walker, Director, Defence & Security, added: “At Avanti we understand the modern data rich military landscape and the need to win the battle for information superiority. The Space Hub at DSEI 2019 is an exciting platform to demonstrate how our military grade satellite technology delivers innovative and bespoke solutions, supporting demanding and often time-critical missions wherever and whenever they are required.”

Gary Soul, Arralis Chief Marketing Officer commented: “We are really excited to exhibit at DSEI this year in the Space Hub. We hope to meet lots of potential customers and partners. Our key capabilities are Ka, E and W band MMICs, modules and antennas at very high frequency levels. We will be showcasing our large range of products across W, Ka and E band as well as our GNSS multiband antennas.” 

All the defence and security primes with strategic space capabilities, including BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, will also be represented at DSEI 2019. 

DSEI 2019 will be a strategic exhibition and platform where the industry and delegations from around the world will be gather for a week to share and innovate in key sectors such as space.

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