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Opportunities in Space for Businesses and Governments

Chatham House, London


Dr Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security, Chatham House

Stuart Martin, CEO, Satellite Applications Catapult
Catherine Mealing-Jones CPFA, Director, Growth, UK Space Agency


A surge in interest by both national governments and the private sector presents the opportunity for rapid growth in the commercialization of outer space. The global market for space industries is expected to grow from £155 billion per annum today to £400 billion per annum by 2030 with many relatively young companies, such as SpaceX and Blue Origin ushering in the next era of space exploration.

Our panel will discuss the different types of emerging technologies and business opportunities that space can offer. What development plans does the UK government have in space and how does this contrast with European counterparts? How do government and supra-government plans marry with the plans of private start-ups and major multinational corporations? What are the current and future challenges faced by government and business and how can the space sector help address those challenges? And what kind of security risks does expansion into space pose?

This event will take place in roundtable format to ensure an interactive atmosphere and fluid discussion and will be preceded by an informal, welcome reception from 12:15.

To enable a full and frank discussion, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.