Enabling the public sector to save money, innovate and make more effective policy decisions by using space technology and data

About Us

"We want to help the public sector save money, innovate and make more effective policy decisions using satellite enabled solutions"

The Space for Smarter Government Programme (SSGP) is a strategic, national programme established and led by the UK Space Agency. It was established in 2014 and is delivered in collaboration with the Satellite Applications Catapult. 

Desired Outcomes/Benefits

  • Increased awareness and number of public sector bodies using space-enabled services and applications by 2020
  • Accelerate the public sector uptake of space-enabled services and applications to make Government policy delivery and operations more efficient
  • Government use of space services and applications positively contributes to the wider UK space sector growth target by 2030


UKSA will achieve its outcomes by:

  • Working collaboratively with the Satellite Applications Catapult, public sector organisations and academia/SMEs/industry.
  • Ensuring effective and efficient management and use of government resources, optimised for the wider benefit of the UK public sector.
  • Supporting wider opportunities for growth in line with UK Space Agency targets


The Programme is structured around three aims:

  1. Raising awareness of space and satellite enabled services:
    1. Establish a critical and neutral long-term relationship with Government Departments to understand their priorities and needs 
    2. Create opportunities for Government-to-Government dialogue and Government-to-Industries and academics dialogue
    3. Inspire and educate potential new users and dispel the myths over costs and technical aspects
  2. Improving access to data, information and services
    1. Identify the barriers that the public sector faces in relation to using satellites technology data and services, and where possible define actions to remove them
    2. Establish a space data catalogue to see where efficiencies can be made
    3. Establish a training catalogue
  3. Enhancing industry and government capability
    1. We regularly run competitions to identify innovative technology solutions to meet public sector requirements. See our competitions and case studies pages for further information.