Professor Paul Boyle featured in UK Space Agency newsletter

Posted by ap507 at Oct 07, 2016 02:57 PM |
President and Vice-Chancellor highlighted discussing University's involvement in £2m project to help develop Earth observation satellite technologies
Professor Paul Boyle featured in UK Space Agency newsletter

UK Space Agency CEO Katherine Courtney and Professor Paul Boyle from the University of Leicester sign the new CEOI contract.

President and Vice-Chancellor of our University Professor Paul Boyle has been featured on the front page of the latest edition of the UK Space Agency newsletter.

The UK Space Agency article focuses on the University of Leicester being part of a new £2m joint programme which will help to develop innovative technologies to observe Earth from space.

In September the UK Space Agency unveiled new support to help the UK space and satellite technology sector maintain their leading position in earth observation and help tackle global issues such as deforestation and disaster monitoring.

Working together with the University of Leicester, Airbus Defence and Space UK, QinetiQ and STFC RAL Space, the £2m funding from the UK Space Agency will nurture UK companies and academia to develop their technologies and help them gain access to a funding pot of more than £10m to take their ideas to the next level.

The project is part of the Leicester Institute for Space and Earth Observation. This new Institute brings together all the research work within the University associated with Space (including astronomy and planetary science) and Earth Observation.

Professor Paul Boyle said: “The University is world-renowned for its work in space science – every year since 1967 has seen a Leicester built instrument operating in space. UKSA is an important partner for the University in developing our Space and Earth Observation interests and our management of the CEOI programme continues a successful collaboration with Airbus, QinetiQ and STFC. The University is extremely well placed to bring academic input to the project and it complements other important projects such as NCEO (National Centre for Earth Observation) while aligning with our ambitious plans to develop the National Space Park.”

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