Space technology specialist Astrosat takes part in the Armstrong Space Symposium in Ohio

Published: 04 September 2017

Musselburgh-based space technology specialist Astrosat uses satellite data to diagnose or predict problems on earth and recently took part in the Armstrong Space Symposium at The Ohio State University. Dan Ghatoray, Business & Innovation Analyst at Astrosat, explains more…

Your business in brief?

Our business is bringing space down to Earth. At Astrosat we do space-as-a-service and turn raw satellite data into tailor made, user friendly, humanitarian applications. There is no challenge on the planet that could not be assisted or solved with space.

There is a formidably strong business community in the Lothians. The space industry is one where everything is done by collaboration. You need friends in space, and those aren’t in short supply in Scotland.

Dan Ghatoray, Business and Innovation Analyst, Astrostat

 

This is the ethos of Astrosat and has been since our Chief Executive, Steve Lee, formed the company in 2012. Since then it has increased staff numbers from 15 to 50 and is generating a healthy annual turnover. We work out of a fully renovated hi-tech space, a former church in Musselburgh, on behalf of government bodies or large private organisations. 

Astrosat turn raw satellite data into tailor made, user friendly, humanitarian applications.

What's the Ohio symposium? Why is it significant?

The Ohio Symposium is an annual gathering of the space Industry’s elite academics, business leaders and former astronauts, including the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong.

They gather from all over the world to discuss and plan for the future of space. Steve’s overall contribution to the UK space industry and collaborative work alongside Dr John M Horack of Ohio State had earned him an invitation along with our Chief Operating Officer, Dr Fraser Hamilton, to attend and to moderate a key panel discussion. 

What projects is Astrosat working on just now?

In Guatemala, we are developing a revolutionary method for stopping the illegal logging trade in its tracks, an application we call ‘FMAP’ – Forest Management and Protection. In a country where three quarters of the population live on or below the poverty line, the fair use of the natural environment is paramount to sustainable economic growth. The hope is that this technology will reduce illegal logging across the country but will also protect and create sustainable forestry jobs, reduce forest degradation and also boost biodiversity. 

Another project is a single data point designed to meet any and all needs of first responders who need situational awareness in critical situations. This is RAPID – Response and Protection in Disaster. RAPID collects, collates and processes satellite imagery to allow a full interrogation by the user to make smarter decisions on the ground. 

Astrosat is based in Musselburgh and was formed in 2012. Since then it has increased staff numbers from 15 to 50.

How does being based in the Lothians help? What's your vision?

There is a formidably strong business community in the Lothians. The space industry is one where everything is done by collaboration. You need friends in space, and those aren’t in short supply in Scotland.

As to our vision? We keep growing and innovating all the time. The possibilities are endless with the team we have. One thing we do know for sure is that the sky is not the limit, not even close.

 

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