CATAPULT SATELLITES & SMEs
WARNING: Do not sign a non disclosure agreement with any MOD contractor and do not reveal any sensitive part of your technology to them in the belief that they would honour that agreement. All being fair in love and war, the Ministry of Defence and their contractors apply that ideal on a daily basis in the hope of gaining the upper hand. The rules of war give them carte blanche to do what they want and get away with it. These observations may not apply to Catapult or the UK Space Agency.
The Cleaner Ocean Foundation is too small an entity to be included in any bid led by BAE. In addition, the MOD operate discriminatory policies that we feel would prevent us working with them. Not only that but our Foundation is striving for a peaceful world where everyone is equal and there is energy and food for all, where by definition military progress is all about not sharing technology and stealing it from others where they can. All is fair in love a war.
There must be another civil route to funding satellite development where the military are precluded. If as it appears this may not be the case, then Parliament should address the situation at the earliest opportunity.
The Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Government recognise that the technology currently being developed is critical to their programmes and have set a target of 25% of all contracts to be awarded to SME’s. Unfortunately, the Government and the MOD have difficulty engaging with SME in an effective way. The existing governance and policy restrict innovation for Space sector SMEs which prohibit them to take advantage of the opportunities within the Space Defence market.
SMEs in the space sector were encouraged to attend this event to become a stakeholder in the Space Defence market. The benefits to attending this event were said to include:
* The chance to understand a range of industry problems and challenges, and collaborate with other SMEs and BAE Systems experts to generate innovating solutions.
Presentation from MOD who will contribute a challenge as well as detail key information about DSTL programs and how the SMEs can enhance their involvement.
Presentation by UKSPACE.
Networking event to talk to other SMEs and return to challenge stations for further discussion.
Registration for this event is now closed.
IT'S NOT WHAT IT SEEMS - It's actually a trap to lure unsuspecting entrepreneurs and researchers into spending time on an application where not only do you not have a chance of success, but very possibly you'll be tricked into giving your ideas away for nothing.
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