The University of Strathclyde has launched the Glasgow Space Enterprise Lab (SEL) in collaboration with tech firm Satellite Applications Catapult.
Created by Innovate UK, the catapult is a not-for-profit independent innovation and tech company looking to “drive economic growth through the exploitation of space”.
The catapult is launching its second cohort of SELs across the UK, including in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Users will be provided with access to collaborative technology, sector expertise and useful resources to engage and collaborate virtually with other organisations.
The SELs are modular physical spaces that will provide users with Zoom licences, virtual reality headsets and access to Microsoft Surface Hubs as well as a professional and safe working environment.
Commenting on the new deal, Professor Malcolm Macdonald, Director of the Applied Space Technology Laboratory based at the university, said: “The university has a strong and historic partnership with the Satellite Applications Catapult which is further strengthened with the opening of the Space Enterprise Lab for Glasgow.”
Collaboration is at the heart of what we do here and this dedicated space will help us to bring more organisations into the space sector, accelerate innovative ideas and help the growing space community in Scotland to thrive together.
“Hosting the lab further demonstrates Strathclyde’s commitment to supporting the development of the Scottish Space Sector and supporting organisations to access and benefit from working with the sector.”
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Lucy Edge, Chief Operations Officer at the Satellite Applications Catapult, added: “We are delighted to be launching the Space Enterprise Labs as we continue to support the growth of the space sector across the UK.
“These unique facilities embrace the new hybrid way in which we all now engage, while also offering a safe and secure environment to foster UK-wide space innovation and discussion.
“Businesses across the UK will now be able to collaborate across a range of high-tech, high-innovation subjects, to bring ideas and customers together more effectively.”
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