Earth Observation Showcase – Emerging Applications Powered by Innovative Technologies, October 2017


The Centre for Earth Observation Instrumentation (CEOI) and the Satellite Applications Catapult hosted a joint technology showcase workshop on Thursday 26th October 2017 at Satellite Applications Catapult Harwell Campus, aiming to foster links between cutting-edge EO instrumentation specialists and users of both the data and downstream applications coming from these technologies.

The workshop focussed on the changing Earth Observation (EO) landscape from both an upstream and a downstream perspective, looking at current and upcoming technologies and applications, and considering market trends and how these might evolve by 2030.


  • Provide delegates with a clear overview of the Earth Observation chain from upstream sensors through technology integration and data to downstream applications
  • Showcase the state of the art in EO technology including Copernicus, Earth Observation constellations enabled by small-satellites and EO data analysis trends.
  • Present emerging technologies and enabled applications
  • Foster knowledge-sharing, enabling the development of new market-facing EO technologies.
  • Networking, Table Top Displays, Poster Panels and 1:1 Meetings

Key Note Speakers

Key note speakers from the European Space Agency and from Earth-i, gave an overview of the rapidly emerging landscape of satellite constellations.

These constellations are particularly interesting in the Earth Observation (EO) field as they are powered by highly innovative technologies and are enabling a wide range of new products, services, and applications.

The European Space Agency talked about the European Copernicus constellation which is providing new data and services to governments, industry and a wide range of other organisations.

Earth-i covered the rapidly emerging small satellite constellations and how they are transforming both the space sector and the services offered by wider industries and governments.


EO Is Coming of Age

Welcome and Scene Setting: CEOI and Satellite Applications Catapult

Prof. Mick Johnson

Dr. Richard Hilton


Satellite Applications Catapult

Scene Setting - UKSA

Dr. Catherine Mealing Jones

Director of Growth

UK Space Agency

Key Note Speech: EO Goes Mainstream - The Copernicus Programme. Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3

Jolyon Martin

Pierre Potin

European Space Agency

Key Note Speech: Small Satellite Commercial Constellations - A Changing Paradigm for EO

Owen Hawkins


Upstream - EO Technologies of the Future

EO and Remote Sensing - Next Generation Technologies

Prof. Mick Johnson


EO and Remote Sensing Technologies - Non Space Applications

Dr. Andy Bennett

Knowledge Transfer Network 

Technology Elevator Pitches

Smart optics for satellite based telescopes

Prof. Martin Booth

University of Oxford

Increasing mission return through onboard data autonomy in EO nanosatellites

Steve Greenland

Craft Prospect Ltd.

Near real-time processing system: handling SAR images

Kyle Palmer

Airbus DS Ltd.

Super-resolution for high resolution EO imaging for targeted and global applications

Yu Tao


Low Cost EO Imaging

Charles Cranstoun


SPIDER (Ship Position and Detection Radar)

Yvonne Munro

Airbus DS Ltd. 

Demonstrating Multi-View Spectroscopy for Greenhouse Gas Remote Sensing

Neil Humpage

University of Leicester 

Augmenting the nadir atmospheric observing infrastructure with microsatellite-based high-performance miniaturized spectrometers

Damien Weidmann


OmniSat-HAPI project for air quality monitoring

Martin Townend

 TAS UK Ltd.

EO Technology Posters

THz Earth Observation (The LOCUS Mission)

Daniel Gerber / Brian Moyna


Novel CMOS image sensor with high quantum efficiency

Konstantin Stefanov

The Open University

HYper-Spectral Microwave Sounder (HYMS): Novel & Critical Component Development & System Breadboarding

Manju Henry


Low Cost Active Cooling for Space Applications

Martin Crook


Advances in Frequency Selective Surface Technology for Remote Sensing Radiometers

Raymond Dickie

Queen’s University Belfast

Stabilisation of 3.5 THz quantum-cascade laser local oscillators using Schottky diode technology

Alexander Valavanis

University of Leeds

A Maritime Radar for Zephyr S

Yvonne Munro

Airbus DS Ltd.

The Compact Infrared Imager and Radiometer - CubeSat based

Neil Bowles

University of Oxford

Downstream - EO is Transforming

EO Applications and Downstream Technology Landscape

Tom Jones

Satellite Applications Catapult

Future Market Requirements and SGP

Sean McCarthy

Satellite Applications Catapult

VAS SME Elevator Pitches

A Low-Cost UV-VIS CubeSat for Air Quality Assessments

Alberto Garbayo



William Ray



Charlotte Bishop



Milena Napiorkowska


Tcarta Marine

Richard Flemmings

Tcarta Marine


Showcase Summary and Open Discussion

Rapporteur: Prof. Paul Monks

University of Leicester

Last Updated on November 2017