£2 million will be available through the Defence and Security Accelerator for innovative Space ideas. Photonics is a key space technology with many leading UK innovators with sensing and free space optical communications particularly relevant to this call. The aim of this competition is to develop science and technology (S&T) solutions that address four challenges:
- Technologies for defending future UK space assets
- Novel sensing and Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR) enablers
- Characterisation of objects in space and their intent
- Overcoming the technical issues of ‘Space to Sea Level’ optical communications.
The competition will open in May 2019 with full background and competitions details online. A briefing event will take place on 15 May at the Satellite Applications Catapult in Harwell