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Satellite applications training for public sector workers

An upcoming Space for Smarter Government Programme course for public sector workers to learn more about satellite solutions

On behalf of the UK Space Agency, the Space for Smarter Government Programme (SSGP) is offering a free, day-long, expert-led course to introduce satellite technologies to public sector workers.

The training will provide an overview of the latest tech solutions, their applications and how they can be used to save money, deliver innovative services and enable more effective policy decisions.

The upcoming course will take place at the Harwell Campus near Didcot on 6th June 2019.

SSGP is a strategic, national, programme established in 2014, led and funded by the UK Space Agency. It is delivered in collaboration with the Satellite Applications Catapult to drive the uptake and use of space products, data and services across government departments. The programme aims to increase the public sector’s use of space as an enabling technology to stimulate innovation and growth whilst at same time making government more efficient and smarter. The programme is committed to raising awareness of how space data and services can help the UK public sector, and it is currently identifying training opportunities within the public sector workers to set in place the right support foundations.

Introduction to Satellite Applications

This is an ideal course for public sector workers in the UK facing challenges in their policy or delivery area, who would like to learn about how satellite technologies may provide solutions. This course is aimed at those with low awareness of satellite applications and focuses on providing a basic introduction to satellite technologies, and an exploration of the three main satellite application types:

  1. Earth observation
  2. Satellite communications
  3. Position Navigation and Timing (PNT)

The course covers a selection of real world case studies, that gives an opportunity to test knowledge, and to put questions to subject matter experts.

With increasing technological capabilities and computing power, satellite-derived data and services could be used to provide real insights to support decision making. Satellites can help to increase efficiency, reduce resource needs, save money, and offer capabilities not available through other means.

The standard course is designed for around 20 public sector workers and typically held at the Satellite Applications Catapult in Harwell. The course runs over a full day comprising classroom-style sessions, breaks and a facilities tour. SSGP is currently offering this for free.

Using space technologies and satellite data

Satellites have been supporting everyday lives for over 50 years often without getting noticed, from the navigation in phones or cars, and daily weather forecasts, to timing signals that keep key infrastructure sectors operating.

The UK Space Agency recently announced that free satellite data will be made available to help tackle public sector challenges to anyone working in the UK public sector as part of its #SmarterGov campaign. The campaign has been launched to drive innovation, savings and public service improvement across the public sector.

This new project is a part of the UK’s endeavours to boost its space program and reinvigorate the domestic space industry ecosystem, as the dispute between UK and EU intensified over Galileo post-Brexit and the UK was barred from accessing sensitive defence purpose signals.

These technologies are already being used across government and the public sector and the SSGP is presenting with an opportunity to learn about how they could help.

Government departments, emergency services, and local authorities get the archive of images and radar data for research and development projects through SSGP. The facility is also made available to industry and academia under the prerequisite that their work must meet a public sector need.

Earlier this month, GovTech Leaders spoke with Simon Agass, Applications Lead at the UK Space Agency about the opportunities satellite data offer and how it is being used across the public sector.

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