Earth Observation Showcase – Emerging Applications Powered by Innovative Technologies

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 focused 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 EO technology including Copernicus, Earth Observation constellations enabled by small-satellites and EO analysis trends.
  • Present emerging technologies
  • 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 CatapultProf. Mick Johnson
Dr Richard Hilton
Satellite Applications Catapult
Scene Setting - UKSADr Catherine Mealing Jones
Director of Growth
UK Space Agency
Key Note Speech: EO Goes Mainstream
The Copernicus Programme
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Part 2
Part 3
Jolyon Martin
Pierre Potin
European Space Agency
Key Note Speech: Small Satellite Constellations - A Changing Paradigm for EOOwen Hawkins
Upstream - EO Technologies for the Future
EO and Remote Sensing - Next Generation TechnologiesProf. Mick JohnsonCEOI
EO and Remote Sensing Technologies - Non Space ApplicationsDr Andy BennettKnowledge Transfer Network
Technology Elevator Pitches
Smart Optics for Satellite Based TelescopesProf. Martin BoothUniversity of Oxford
Increasing Mission Return Through Onboard Data Autonomy In EO Steve GreenlandCraft Prospect Ltd.
Near Real-Time Processing System: Handling SAR ImagesKyle PalmerAirbus DS Ltd.
Super-Resolution for High Resolution EO Imaging For Targeted And Global ApplicationsYu TaoMSSL-UCL
Low Cost EO ImagingCharles CranstounSSTL
SPIDER (Ship Position and Detection Radar)Yvonne MunroAirbus DS Ltd.
Demonstrating Multi-View Spectroscopy for Greenhouse Gas Remote SensingNeil HumpageUniversity of Leicester
Augmenting the Nadir Atmospheric Observing Infrastructure with Microsatellite-Based High-Performance Miniaturized SpectrometersDamien WeidmannSTFC RAL Space
OmniSat-HAPI Project for Air Quality MonitoringMartin TownendTAS UK Ltd.
EO Technology Posters
THz Earth Observation (The LOCUS Mission)Daniel Gerber / Brain MoynaSTFC RAL Space
Novel CMOS Image Sensor with High Quantum EfficiencyKonstantin StefanovThe Open University
HYper-Spectral Microwave Sounder (HYMS): Novel & Critical Component Development & System BreadboardingManju HenrySTFC RAL Space
Low Cost Active Cooling for Space ApplicationsMartin CrookSTFC RAL Space
Advances in Freqency Selective Surface Technology for Remote Sensing RadiometersRaymond DickieQueen's University Belfast
Stabilisation of 3.5 THz Quantum-Cascade Laser Local Oscillators Using Schottky Diode TechnologyAlexander ValavanisUniversity of Leeds
A Maritime Radar for Zephr SYvonne MunroAirbus DS Ltd
The Compact Infrared Imager and Radiometer - CubeSat basedNeil BowlesUniversity of Oxford
Downstream - EO is Transforming
EO Applications and Downstream Technology LandscapeTom JonesSatellite Applications Catapult
Future Market Requirements and SGPSean McCarthySatellite Applications Catapult
VAS SME Elevator Pitches
A Low-Cost UV-VIS CubeSat for Air Quality AssessmentsAlberto GarbayoUV-SAT
SpottitWilliam RaySpottit
TerrabotixCharlotte BishopTerrabotix
DeimosMelena NapiorkowskaDeimos
Tcarta MarineRichard FlemmingsTcarta Marine
Showcase Summary and Open DiscussionRapporteur: Prof. Paul MonksUniversity of Leicester