Showcasing Cornwall’s space sector


Key players from Cornwall’s fledgling space industry are in Farnborough this week for the inaugural Space-Comm Expo.

Space-Comm (July 7-8) is the UK’s first event dedicated to the commercialisation of space, showcasing the commercial opportunities within the industry that is said to be worth £16.4 billion to the UK economy.

Many of Cornwall’s leading industry figures will in attendance, including interim head of Spaceport Cornwall, Melissa Thorpe, who’ll be sharing the progress of Spaceport Cornwall and discussing its positive economic impact as development ramps up ahead of a first satellite launch next year.

Spaceport Cornwall will be joined by representatives from Goonhilly Earth Station,
which recently became the world’s first commercial deep space communications operator working closely with the European Space Agency.

Also at Space-Comm, Bluefruit Software will be showcasing its innovative new AI offering, Cloud Digital will be highlighting the benefits of increased data access through the new era of space, and TouchByte will be demonstrating its facial recognition solution – Facentry – which opens up the opportunity for the space sector to add additional layers of security to its locations.

AeroSpace Cornwall director Gail Eastaugh said: “Space-Comm represents an opportunity for us to showcase the breadth of Cornwall’s space cluster. When many people think of the industry they focus on launch – we’re thrilled to not only be showcasing Cornwall’s launch capabilities but also highlighting the associated supply chain activity and innovation happening within the sector.”

Space-Comm Expo is being held at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre from July 7-8, under Stage 3 regulations.