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'Space and satellites: markets and opportunities - Cambridge's contribution'

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Join us to hear about the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC), an international competition open to anybody with an idea which involves the use of satellite navigation technologies, with guest speakers discussing their role in this area.

The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2010 has a deadline of 31 July 2010 for businesses to enter, with a first prize of £10,000 going to the overall winner plus numerous other prizes to be won. Join us at this Cambridge Network Open Meeting to find out more about this exciting competition and what it could mean for Cambridge companies, and to hear inspiring guest speakers from the Satcoms arena.

We all use satellite communications everyday, perhaps without realising it. Satellites for navigation, positioning, comm’s etc are increasingly important for all aspects of business, with innovative technology critically important for next steps. By 2011 there will be a European satellite system launched to replicate the US GPS system we presently use. In support of this, the EU runs this annual business competition: the European Satellite Navigation Competition – see the ESNC web site for full information.

Cambridge Network has arranged an Open Meeting on 20 May at Robinson College to explore the business and technology aspects of Space and Satellite Communications. We are delighted to have speaking:

- Clive de la Fuente, from GRACE , who will be presenting an outline of the ESNC and explaining how Cambridge companies can participate.

- Richard Peckham, Business Development Director, EADS Astrium discussing the Space Innovation and Growth Team (Space IGT ). Space IGT is a collaboration between Government and the UK space industry and in February this year published its 20-year Innovation and Growth Strategy. The strategy sets out a clear vision for the UK to grow its share of the global space market from 6 to 10 per cent, creating a domestic industry worth £40 billion a year in revenue and supporting 100,000 new jobs by 2025.

- Andrew Mackenzie, Principal at Scott & York, one of the leading patent and trade mark attorneys, talking on the importance of protecting IP in this field. Andrew specialises in patent-related matters and has acted for many of the biggest names in the telecommunications, software, and electronics industries (companies such as Microsoft, Nortel, Ericsson, Vodafone, Alcatel, Qualcomm, The BBC , Northrop Grumman, NeXt Computer and Scientific Atlanta).

The Q&A after, chaired by Hugh Parnell, will stimulate discussion of how Cambridge technology is and can increasingly deliver commercial success in the satcoms arena.

Please join us for an interesting evening of talks and discussion, and hopefully we can ensure there is a Cambridge winner of the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2010!

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