This is to understand where investment and concentration of resources may fortify and prepare these assets for the future.
The Science & Innovation Audit for Upstream Space is part of a suite of reports commissioned by the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. The Science and Innovation Audits (SIA) help regions to map their research and innovation strengths and identify areas of potential global competitive advantage. They are carried out by groups including local businesses, universities and local enterprise partnerships (LEPs).
This report has primarily been authored and compiled by the Upstream Space SIA Partner Board, a consortium of organisations led by the UK Space Agency and representing several geographical regions across the UK where the Upstream Space sector is particularly active. This audit has, for the first time, brought together stakeholders from across the parts of the United Kingdom with significant critical masses of upstream-space activity to focus on their strengths and understand where investment and effort may fortify and prepare these assets for the future.
This audit is not intended at this stage to be a comprehensive national audit and is broadly confined to the geographic regions represented in the Consortium. It is recognised that key competencies within some areas are not currently included, but the UK Space Agency is committed to continue working with local partners to maintain and update this audit and to expand both its geographic and technical scope.