ETCW 2024

Day 2

We’d all like to thank Rob Scott for organising such an interesting event

Day 1

The Two Days Schedule

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Day 1: 19th March 2024  
Session 1: Welcome & introductions  
9:30IntroductionNicolas LevequeCEOI
9:40UKSA Welcome & NewsBeth GreenawayUKSA
Session 2: Detector Technology  
9:50Latest Detector Developments in IR
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Anton Lindley-DeCaireLeonardo
10:10Latest Detector Developments in UV/VIS & IRAndrew PikeTeledyne e2V
Session 3: LIDAR and Advanced Optics  
10:30GLAMIS: Towards Satellite LIDAR with Continuous Repeat Coverage.
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Steve HancockUniversity of Edinburgh
11:10Advances in Lasers for Space-Based SensingJack Thomas & Emma Le FrancoisFraunhofer CAP
11:30Very Low Noise AlGaAsSb Avalanche Photodiodes for IR LIDAR Applications
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Chee TanUniv Sheffield
11:50Sub 50 fW/√Hz noise equivalent power InAs Avalanche Photodiodes for 1550 and 2004 nm sensingJonathan Petticrew et. al.Univ Sheffield
12:10Advanced Optics CapabilitiesCyril BourgenotCfAI, Univ.of Durham
12:30Additive Manufacturing for Deployable MirrorsR Tuck, G Lister, D IsherwoodSTFC ATC
12:50Lunch Break  
Session 4: Challenges & CEOI Future  
13:50Challenge: EO needs for Climate Tipping Point MonitoringAndrew ShepherdCPOM/Northumberland
14:10TRL: Expectations from Space AgenciesWill GraingerRAL Space
14:30Discussion: CEOI: The Next Generation. Needs, Opportunities, Challenges, DiversityBeth GreenawayUKSA
Session 5: How Do I Fund My Mission?  
15:20Funding Options for Missions using CEOI Instruments: IntroductionRob ScottScottSpace/CEOI
15:30National & Bilateral OpportunitiesCharlotte MasseyUKSA/DSIT
15:40ESA Options Outside ExplorerSteven GeorgeESA
15:50ESA InCubed
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Part 4
Pejman NejadiESA
16:00Introduction to ARIA: Scoping our PlanetGemma BaleARIA
16:10SSTL – from Tech to Missions: Getting Your Ideas into SpaceAndrew HaslehurstSSTL
16:20In-Space Missions: Funding Case StudiesMatthew AnglingIn-Space Missions
16:30Business Plan EssentialsWill LeckyKnow.Space/CEOI
16:40MOD funding opportunities for the Earth Observation communityDebra CarrDASA Scotland
16:50Novel Access to Space
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Vinay DheriD-Orbit
17:00Discussion of funding OpportunitiesAllAll
17:30Closing Remarks & Retirement of Chris & Rob  
18:30Pre-Dinner Talk: From Mission Aspiration to Mission Pegasus
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Part 3
Croydon High School Astrogazers Club 
19:30Conference DinnerCosener’s House 
Day 2: 20th March 2024    
Session 6: International & Government  
9:30ESA Perspectives on EO Technology
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Steven GeorgeESA
Session 7: Quantum techniques
10:00Science Case for LEO Quantum Missions:
David SummersTAS
10:20Satellite Quantum Accelerometers for Atmospheric ScienceTristan ValenzuelaRAL Space  
10:40High-accuracy Magnetometry using Quantum Sensors
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Mark BasonRAL Space
Session 8: New Imaging Techniques
11:20Microwave Kinetic Inductance DetectorsKieran O’BrienDurham University
11:40SuperSharp Deployable OpticsIan ParrySupersharp Ltd
12:00ADOT: A Small Deployable Telescope for EO & AstronomyNoah SchwartzSTFC ATC
12:20High Resolution, Wide Swath EO Payload for Micro-SatellitesLiam Sills (Virtual)GIS
12:40Nuscis: XCAM’s Next Generation Imaging System for CubeSats and Small SatellitesJames EndicottXCAM
Session 9: New Payloads & Missions  
14:00BARODAR: Mission & Radar Instrument Design for Global Surface Air-Pressure Observation
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Emal RumiRAL Space
14:20G-Band Cloud Radar: Recent Results & the Route to SpaceHui WangRAL Space
14:40Narrow Bandpass Multispectral Imagers for Atmospheric Chemistry: Methane & Other SpeciesJerome WoodwarkUniversity of Edinburgh
Final session 10: TBD  
15:20HIROS and Multiplexed LHRDamien WeidmannRAL Space
15:40Integrated Terahertz-Frequency Quantum-Cascade Lasers for Atmospheric RadiometryAlex ValavanisUniversity of Leeds
16:00Large Deployable Reflector Antennas
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Chris BeeOxford Space Systems
16:20Airbus Compact Class Satellite SAR DevelopmentsGeoff BurbidgeAirbus
16:40Using PocketQubes to Image Earth from Space at NightTom Walkinshaw & Caius RezaAlbaOrbital
17:00Close of Meeting  

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The CEOI will hold a 2-day Emerging Technology for Earth Observation Technologies Conference at Cosener’s House in Abingdon on 19th and 20th March 2024. The goal of this meeting is to reveal and discuss new and emerging developments in EO instrumentation and mission concepts, and to examine how these developments will benefit the UK in terms of science, societal and commercial benefit. The meeting occurs at a time when the UK has made a significant uplift in EO funding, and there will be an opportunity to explore how to capitalize on this investment.

The conference is open to all interested parties. We are planning sessions on:

  • New detectors and detector concepts
  • New on-board calibration techniques
  • EO payloads for small spacecraft – miniature high-performance instrumentation.
  • Instrument technology and mission architecture considerations for commercial missions
  • Recent advances in additive layer and other advanced manufacturing techniques for EO instrumentation
  • Advanced on-board image processing concepts for imaging missions, such as super-resolution and AI/deep learning
  • Latest developments in LIDAR for EO
  • New techniques and future concepts – more left-field/exotic techniques from around the laboratories.
  • Quantum techniques for EO such as gravity sensing
  • New mission opportunities

There will be a discussion session with UKSA and CEOI regarding how emerging EO Technology will feed into UK EO Strategy.

We have some spare speaker slots, and posters are welcome. We invite presentations from:

  • groups engaged in current and recent CEOI technology projects. Note that emphasis will be on novel technologies, techniques, future impacts and benefits rather than project progress reporting.
  • groups involved in relevant technology development outside of CEOI (including in NSTP, ETP, NSIP, Innovate UK, ESA etc. and industry and academia);
  • researchers and industry developing next generation instrumentation;
  • Institutes and agencies with EO space technology requirements;

Talks will be 15-20 minutes. The agenda will be adjusted according to the response. Please send Rob Scott ( your title and author names and affiliation (papers and posters) for consideration, along with your preferred day for presentation.

In addition to oral sessions, there will be display boards for posters.

Spaces are limited, so early registration (free) is advisable. The conference dinner on the evening of the 19th March will be charged at cost, and we will have a limited number of places for overnight stay (bed and breakfast), so first come first served, charged at cost.  Additionally, it may be possible to stay overnight on March 18th.  We must release reserved accommodation by mid February, so the deadline to book accommodation at Cosener’s is therefore 14th February.

Note that there is very limited parking available at Cosener’s House. There is a public car park nearby.

Please contact Niki Legge at RAL Space to register and book accommodation and dinner, detailing any special access and dietary requirements. For general enquiries about the programme, please contact Rob Scott.


  • Conference registration ­- free (including morning and afternoon refreshments and a buffet lunch).
  • Conference dinner on the 19th: ~£30 per head – precise costs nearer the time
  • Bed and breakfast: 
  • Single en-suite rooms & 2 shared facility rooms at £60.00
  • Double en-suite rooms @ £85.00