Access to data, and ensuring that stakeholders are able to use it, is fundamental to tackling many global development and humanitarian issues — from tracking disease outbreaks to improving food security. This series explores the practical ways that satellite data can be harnessed to support the work of development professionals and aid workers. It will outline some of the existing challenges that currently hinder the application of space technology in international development, and shine a spotlight on some of the strategies to make data more usable for the sector in the future.Read More ↓
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CommonSensing is an innovative international project based on a partnership between Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and a consortium of international partners working together to support and build climate resilience and enhance decision making through the use of satellite remote sensing technology. Led by UNITAR-UNOSAT, consortium partners include Satellite Applications Catapult, UK Meteorological Office, Sensonomic, Devex, and the University of Portsmouth. CommonSensing is part of the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme, a £152 million ($199 million) multi-year program launched in 2015, funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Global Challenges Research Fund.
Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd is one of a network of U.K. technology and innovation companies which aim to drive economic growth through the commercialisation of research. The aim of the Satellite Applications Catapult is to support U.K. industry by accelerating the growth of satellite applications and to contribute to capturing a 10% share of the global space market predicted by 2030. It aims to achieve this by exploiting the innovation potential in the U.K. industrial and academic communities, by being a focal point where small and medium enterprises, large industry and end users can work together with researchers to challenge barriers, explore and develop new ideas, and bring these to commercial reality.
At the heart of United Kingdom efforts to explore and benefit from space, the UK Space Agency is responsible for ensuring that the U.K. retains and grows a strategic capability in space-based systems, technologies, science and applications. The Agency leads the U.K.’s civil space program in order to win sustainable economic growth, secure new scientific knowledge, and provide benefit to all citizens.