FAIR-SPACE recently attended the DSEI (Defence & Security Equipment International) 2019 event at Excel in London, held from 10th - 13th September. This event brought together governments, thought leaders and the global defence and security companies from a round the world to showcase their products and services, offer Iive demonstrations and network with the entire global community. Over 76,000 attended the event over the three day period with representation from 114 countries and whilst you may think that the majority of attendees were from the Military, actually it was industry that dominated the event with over 60% representation.
On its 20th anniversary the DSEI event also saw the introduction of 2 new "hubs", one of which was Space, and therefore the Hub took advantage of this new focus to go along and make some new connections and talk about the opportunities that can arise from working with our national centre of research excellence. We also talked to representatives from all sectors about the benefits of AI and robotics in their products or services and challenged some to consider taking the human out of the loop, even if only in theory, to explore how defence or security activities could be re-thought when robotics was introduced. This, as you can imagine, led to some interesting discussions with tank manufacturers, surveillance and reconnaissance companies and even those manufacturing or supplying clothing or uniforms.
Those in the Space Hub group themselves all worked together to sell the UK's space capabilities to the international attendees and champion our strengths in the UK as an ambitious sector with a challenge to grow the space sector and capture 10% of the future global market by 2030. As well as being a friendly bunch, the Hub is lucky to work with companies who share these ambitions and are looking to those support those future market opportunities, as identified in the Prosperity from Space document, such as low cost access to space, earth information services and in space robotics.