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Case Studies

SSGP runs regular UK competitions to showcase the benefits that satellite applications can bring to the UK Government. Competition winners from industry and academia usually run a year-long project.

The competitions demonstrate SSGP's brief to:

  • Help the public sector through the creation of sustainable operational services
  • Enable smarter, more efficient operations, reduce risk and enhance policy making
  • Overcome the barriers to using space in the public sector and make more intelligent decisions.

Click on the links to find out more about our SSGP projects.



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Name Year Technology Utilised Thematic Area
Earth Observation Data Integration Pilot (EO DIP): Overview 2015-16 Earth observation (EO) – optical and radar Environment
Rezatec – Space Applications for Precision Plant Health Information, Response & Evaluation (SAPPHIRE) (Phase 2) 2017 Earth observation (EO), Satellite Navigation Environment, Local Authorities and Devolved Administrations
SterlingGEO – 100 to 1 2015 Earth observation (EO) Environment, Local Authorities and Devolved Administrations, Natural Hazards
DEOS Consultancy Ltd – New Concept Always Connected Medical Screening Vehicles 2016 Satellite Communications Local Authorities and Devolved Administrations
University of Leicester – Air Quality Hotspot Mapper (AQHSM) 2016 Earth observation (EO) Environment, Local Authorities and Devolved Administrations, Natural Hazards
Satellite Oceanographic Consultants Ltd – Sea Level SpaceWatch 2016 Earth observation (EO) Local Authorities and Devolved Administrations, Natural Hazards
Remote Sensing Applications Consultants and AIRBUS DS – Sentinel-1 in Support of CAP Compliance Checks 2016 Earth observation (EO) Environment
Ambiental – Improving national flood resilience through early warning using intelligent satellite SAR and hydrological modelling 2016 Earth observation (EO) Natural Hazards
ADAS – Using EO to improve Natural Resource Management Pesticide Risk 2016 Earth observation (EO) Local Authorities and Devolved Administrations
University of Lincoln – Location-aware emergency evacuation support for coastal flooding 2016 Satellite Navigation Local Authorities and Devolved Administrations, Natural Hazards
An EO Roadmap developed with the Space for Smarter Government Programme (SSGP) was published to help Defra realise the unique potential of EO data over the next five years.
In their Phase 2 project, Rezatec will create a productised, market-ready, demonstrator to identify and classify an expanded set of tree species of interest and their typical annual phenological pattern.
This project aims to break down barriers such as capital expenditure costs, ongoing investment requirements and skill issues, to create a long-term sustainable use of remote sensing throughout sizable components of the UK government structure.
This is the second half of project to create a new concept medical screening vehicle and supporting infrastructure that will fully exploit all the benefits that we have shown can be delivered by using satellite connectivity to provide a fully managed data management service.
The project will use satellite data to improve Local Authority data by integrating state-of-the-art Copernicus MACC II (CAS) regional air quality feeds with traffic flow data and local data to provide bespoke air quality outputs for decision making purposes.
This project’s objective is to enhance a prototype UK coastal sea level information service so that it is ready for operational implementation by the Government agencies responsible for planning and managing our coastal defences.
Remote Sensing Applications Consultants Ltd (RSAC) and the Geo-Intelligence division within Airbus Defence and Space propose a project to develop the use of Copernicus Sentinel-1 data to support Defra's monitoring requirements for Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) compliance.
This project was set to develop and implement a service which provides improved levels of flood-relevant information delivery for, initially, the First Responder community.
This project, delivered by ADAS, aimed to utilise very high resolution (VHR) EO imagery to identify rush abundance and enable development of specific pesticide risk maps to help target management treatments.
This project proposes an innovative combination of mobile and satellite technologies to help mitigate the risk and subsequent collateral damage of coastal flooding across the UK, starting with investigating the Lincolnshire coastal region as a pilot case study.