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Space opens new frontiers for Smart City initiative

Milton Keynes businesses heard how satellite technology can play a key role in collecting the data the city needs as it expands, such as transport and the consumption of water and energy.

Pictured is Corentin Guillo, head of satellite missions at the Satellite Applications Catapult as he speaks to a business audience at a Space For You showcase held in conjunction with University Campus Milton Keynes.

The event was part of the MK:Smart project, which is working to develop innovative technology solutions to support the city’s economic growth.  At the heart of the project is the MK Data Hub at UCMK, which will collect and process data from sources,including satellite communications.

Students enrolled on to UCMK’s new Data Science course – due to start next month – could also take advantage of internships and placements through the MK Data Hub.

UCMK associate dean Dr Paul Sant said: “For businesses, advancements in technology, new business models and reduced launch costs all mean that the space sector can provide unprecedented opportunities for developers and entrepreneurs.  It is a great time to become an ‘astropreneur’.

“I am delighted that UCMK is playing a part in promoting the opportunities the space industry has to offer.  Our new Data Science students will be able to gain valuable industry experience working on real life programmes through the MK Data Hub.

The Satellite Applications Catapult, based in Oxford, praised the MK:Smart project.

Head of business innovation Sam Adlen said: “Satellite data offers an exciting range of opportunities for businesses.

“Milton Keynes, and particularly the MK:Smart project, has been very proactive in creating an environment in which satellite data sources can be exploited for the benefit of the council, businesses, entrepreneurs and the community.”

“We look forward to continuing to work with the MK:Smart team and supporting anyone that wants to capitalise on the benefits satellite data can bring.”