Landmark event launches during a period of major growth for UK's Space sector
Space-Comm Expo is a landmark new event, taking place at Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre from 7 to 8 July 2021.
This new show focuses on the commercialisation of space, showcasing the manufacturing supply chain for products, services and solutions supplying organisations throughout industry. Supported by key industry associations and bodies including the UK Space Agency, ADS, UK Space and the Knowledge Transfer Network. Space-Comm Expo is a strategic and targeted opportunity to support and enable further growth of the UK’s Space sector.
Space-Comm Expo launches during a period of major growth across the UK’s thriving space sector which generates £14.8bn a year and supports 42,000 jobs. An ambition to increase the UK’s global market share to 10 per cent by 2030 is widely supported by industry, government, and academia, and there will be significant presence from each of these groups at July’s event.
NASA’s recent Mars 2020 Perseverance mission once again catapulted the role of space exploration into the public consciousness. Explaining its wider value, confirmed Space-Comm keynote speaker and President of UK Space, Will Whitehorn says: “The future of humankind relies on our unlocking of space. To put it starkly, if we don’t have an industrial revolution in space, humankind will suffer.
“Today’s space race is not about global politics, technological superiority or state hegemony: it’s about the durability of the human race, the endurance of global living standards and our future existence on this planet.”
Over the two-day event, a comprehensive conference programme will focus on satellite navigation and communications, space safety, sustainability, and commercial space transportation. The growing speaker list includes Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat and renowned chemist, Helen Sharman CMG OBE, who was the first Briton in space.
A major exhibition includes a dedicated start-up zone for SMES – often the most agile and innovative representatives of the supply chain. There will also be business growth opportunities including a meet-the-buyer programme and specialised round-table meetings.
Pre-registration numbers are strong which is a reassuring indication of the appetite for Space-Comm. Rob Sherwood, managing director of Hub Exhibitions says: “Launching against the backdrop of a global pandemic has been no small challenge but the scale of positive response from visitors and exhibitors is a major endorsement of the demand for an event of this type as well as the opportunity to meet face-to-face.”
“We are delighted that by July, when Space-Comm Expo takes place, the UK will be in a position to host large scale events above the roadmap’s Step 3 capacity restrictions.”
Confirmed attendance at Space-Comm Expo includes:
- BAE Systems
- Lockheed Martin
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