The Delft University of Technology plays host to a series of talks entitled “New Space: Launching Entrepreneurship”, in association with the VSV Symposium.

The talks were held in the TU Delft Auditorium, Netherlands, yesterday (1st of March 2016), and registration is available on the website

As an award-winning astrophysicist and astronautical engineer, as well as a proven innovator and entrepreneur, CEO of space technology company Astrosat, Steve Lee, was one of the event’s two UK speakers. He was joined by Stuart McIntyre, director of Prestwick Spaceport.

These two speakers have a shared history of enthusiastic communication on Scotland’s future in space, having previously shared a stage at the EICC InnovationSpace conference.

The focus of the talks were upon the future commercialisation of space, and the opportunities opening up for entrepreneurs. Astrosat’s innovative use of earth observation data from around the world has created solutions to existing problems, and enabled many disparate industries to ‘future-proof’ their investments.

Astrosat had recently expanded from ‘downstream’ innovation, making use of the large datasets provided by satellites already in space, to ‘upstream’, that of ISS (international Space Station) hardware and payloads.

This is part of the turnkey ‘EO campaign’ service, and is starting with the addition of modular camera designs which can be ‘hot-swapped’, or removed and replaced without powering down. This design is the result of a consortium with the Astronomy Technology Centre, Prestwick Spaceport, and the University of Strathclyde.

One of the dangers of the increasing commercialisation of space is that of obsolete satellites and debris crowding of certain commercially essential orbits. Astrosat is at the forefront of mitigating this problem with the development of the Flux Capacitor.

This ultralow power signal can be deployed on the small-to-medium satellites that are the main focus of the commercial ‘upstream’ space sector, and provide a tracking signal in the event of power loss.

The 24-strong company which includes astronautic experts, oceanographers and geoscientists, has adapted space technology for the immediate benefit of a huge variety of users, including local authorities, emergency services, environmental agencies, power stations, and infrastructures operators.

For further information, contact Steve Lee or Alan McLarney, Stevenson Astrosat, 1 Summers House, Eskmills Station Road, Musselburgh, Edinburgh EH21

Issued by Michael Crawford at Blueprint Media, 0141 353 1515.