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Virtual coffee: IoST – the Internet of Space Things

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17th June 2021
Online via Zoom

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Put the kettle on and join CENSIS for a catch up over a virtual coffee and connect with other companies, researchers and stakeholders working in the same space (no pun intended given the subject matter).

Led by CENSIS Business Development Managers Cade Wells and Jim Cockram, this session looks at the space, satellites and opportunities for IoT. According to SDI, the Scottish space sector is rising faster than anywhere else in the UK, aiming to grow in value to £4 billion by 2030. With Glasgow’s strength in the micro satellite industry, and Shetland and Sutherland vying to be the UK’s first spaceport with the potential to run missions from Scottish soil – not just supply the hardware and software – it’s clear there are lots of opportunities for Scotland’s own space race.

Over the years, interest has grown in the use of low-cost low-earth orbit satellites for communications and remote sensing/imaging in a wide range of markets – from forestry and environmental monitoring, coastal erosion to energy use, and natural disaster mitigation to archaeology. But how many more new applications can be realised if we combined GPS with the possibilities of low-cost IoT, sensing and imaging? For example, could we produce very low cost tracking devices for raw material to finish goods manufacturing and logistics? Could the resilience of GPS – or the reliance on GPS – be a challenge, or not?

There are many challenges – and opportunities – to discuss, including:

  • Enabling low-cost satellite IoT, both for rural connectivity and to support important economic markets such as aquaculture
  • The challenges of working in extreme environments
  • Perceived closed ecosystem of space-related organisations
  • Difficulties in gaining recognised space heritage
  • The race to launch resilient space systems into orbits that may become congested in the future
  • Cyber security challenges


The chat takes place online using Zoom. Please register via Eventbrite. After you register, and before the event takes place, we’ll send you a calendar invite that includes the Zoom link.