Leicester invites space enthusiasts to join the ‘new space’ revolution

Posted by ap507 at Sep 12, 2018 10:05 AM |
Tickets now available for Leicester’s first SpaceUp ‘unconference’ taking place between 17 – 18 November

Issued by University of Leicester on 12 September 2018

The ‘new space’ revolution is taking place in Leicester – and space enthusiasts are invited to take part in this innovative movement.

Supported by the University of Leicester’s Space Industries Accelerator (SIA), the city’s first SpaceUp ‘unconference’ is taking place between 17 – 18 November at Dock, Leicester.

The event is organised by R&R Space Ltd, a local company formed by graduates from the University.

R&R Space Ltd is the organising body of SpaceUp Leicester. Formed by two space enthusiasts and aspiring entrepreneurs, Ryan Laird and Ryan Bradley-Evans, R&R Space is an events organiser focused on space entrepreneurship, which seeks to break down the formal barriers of entering the space industry, inspiring non-space groups into utilising space applications to help foster innovation.

SpaceUp is a space ‘unconference’, where participants decide the topics, schedule, and structure of the event. Everyone who attends SpaceUp is encouraged to give a talk, moderate a panel, or start a discussion. Sessions are proposed and scheduled on the day they’re given, which means the usual ‘hallway conversations’ turn into full-fledged topics.

Ryan Bradley-Evans said: “We are very keen to use the event to connect creatives, digital enthusiasts, tech savvies, makers, aspiring entrepreneurs and more to prove you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to get involved with space. It is the hope that new space ideas, groups and even start-ups will emerge from this event.

“We thank the University of Leicester for its support. During our time studying at the University, we learned many of the useful skills and gained practical knowledge which we have applied when setting up our business.”

The Space Industries Accelerator at the University of Leicester is part of the UK Space Incubator Network and funded by the UK Space Agency and University of Leicester’s Innovation Hub. Being based at the Innovation Hub, its mission is to identify and support aspiring entrepreneurs to develop and transform their ideas and innovations into ready to launch start-ups.

The University of Leicester has a long and distinguished record of involvement in space science.

Every year since 1967 has seen a Leicester-built instrument operating in space. The University holds, and has held, vital roles in many space missions for space agencies including NASA, European Space Agency, UK Space Agency, ISRO (India) and JAXA (Japan), covering astronomical, planetary and Earth observation science missions. These include NASA/ESA’s James Webb Space Telescope, ESA’s BepiColombo mission, and ESA’s and EUMETSAT’s Meteosat Second Generation missions.

The Leicester Innovation Hub is also host to a new Institute for Space and Earth Observation, and the East Midlands Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence, forming a part of the UK wide Satellite Applications Catapult which brings together industry and science to accelerate the growth of satellite applications, which will also be supporting the SpaceUp event.   

The SIA will be working together with the SpaceUp Leicester team, as headline supporter in the development of a ‘grass roots’ community of space enthusiasts and professionals.

Rajinder Bhuhi, Leicester Innovation Hub Business Manager, said: “The University of Leicester has a number of programmes underway that are supporting businesses to grow through the application of space technologies. Developing and supporting new start-ups aligns with our plans to grow businesses in the space sector through new innovations into the marketplace. We are pleased to be working in association with our graduate entrepreneurs that are championing a range of engaging activities to inspire more new entrepreneurs into the space sector."


Notes to editors:

For more information contact Ryan Bradley-Evans on contact@randr.space

For more information on the Leicester Innovation Hub’s Space Industries Accelerator programme please contact studententerprise@le.ac.uk 

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