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UK Welcomes Canadian Space Sector

Aurora over northern Canada. Photo courtesy of ESA/NASA

A large space sector delegation from Canada touches down in the UK this week to explore new partnerships and seek valuable opportunities to use space data, supported by the UK Space Agency.

More than 20 representatives from the Canadian space industry and government will visit the Harwell Space Cluster in Oxfordshire as well as organisations in London, Surrey Research Park, and Glasgow’s thriving space sector from 2-6 March 2020.

The visit, led by the High Commission of Canada, the Canadian Space Agency, the National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Programme and Satellite Canada Innovation Network, builds on the close ties between Canada and the UK and will look at collaborative research and commercial opportunities in the exploitation of space data.

“It is great to welcome such a large delegation of industry and government representatives from Canada to the UK this week,” said Alice Bunn, International Director at the UK Space Agency. “International collaboration with our closest partners, is a key priority for the UK Space Agency and I hope the Canadian delegation will get to see the breadth of opportunity and ambition in the UK, particularly in the use of space-data for societal and commercial benefit.”

“I look forward to hearing what prospects can be identified and pursued in the future between the UK and Canadian space sectors,” she added.

Along with the UK Space Agency, the visit is also supported by the Satellite Applications Catapult in Harwell, the Knowledge Transfer Network, Scottish Development International, Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications, and Enterprise Europe Network.

“Canada and the UK both have highly innovative space sectors, dynamic ecosystems for satellite applications and extensive capabilities in digital and artificial intelligence-based technologies,” said Nathalie Dubé, Minister-Councillor and Senior Trade Commissioner. “Both countries also view the space sector as a priority and are currently investing significantly in new and ambitious space strategies. This strategic alignment of capability and ambition make this an ideal time to start a conversation about how much more could be achieved if we work together.”

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