Space-Comm confirms record attendance

Space-Comm Expo 2024 this week has confirmed a record number of visitors with over 100 speakers, 170 exhibitors and 4,500 attendees including global leaders from across government, business, aerospace and defence.

Held at Farnborough this year (March 6-7), Space-Comm Expo organised by Hub Exhibitions is at the heart of UK ambitions and a new global space economy driven by government collaboration with business and rapid advances in science and technology, opening up new opportunities for the commercialisation of space. Exhibitors included Airbus, Astroscale, BAE, Endurosat, Jacobs, In-Space Missions, Moog, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Space Florida, Viasat and suppliers from the UK and the global space ecosystem.

Dr Paul Bate, chief executive of the UK Space Agency, said: “This year’s Space-Comm Expo has been a fantastic event, with so much excitement and energy across the two days. We have seen and heard from much of the UK space sector and beyond, with everyone here united in championing the benefits of space for our prosperity and protection on Earth.”

The success of Space-Comm Expo over the past five years has led event organisers Hub Exhibitions to announce plans to move the event from Farnborough to London ExCeL in 2025 for a more central location. Headlining Space-Comm Expo 2025 at London ExCeL 11-12 March will be Professor of Particle Physics, media and musician Brian Cox and space business pioneer Will Whitehorn. Space-Comm Expo Scotland will take place at the SEC Glasgow 11-12 Sep 2024 and Space-Comm Expo Dubai at the famous World Trade Centre 27-29 May 2025.

Space-Comm Expo attendees this year included the UK Minister of State for Science, Research and Innovation Andrew Griffith MP and astronaut Axiom 3 Commander Michael Lopez-Algeria, with leaders from UK Space Agency, Departments of Trade and Transport, Ministry of Defence, UK Space Command, and visiting leaders from NASA, ESA, NATO and international delegations.

Kata Escott, managing director of Airbus Defence and Space UK, said: “Space-Comm Expo is a brilliant opportunity to connect with our partners in industry, academia and government, to deepen our collaboration and grow our sector in the UK. It’s a great to speak there about the work Airbus is leading to connect, grow and inspire our ecosystem.”

The space industry is currently worth £17.5bn to the economy with UK ambitions to secure 10% of the global market estimated at £400bn by 2030 and plans to become the launchpad for Europe from Scotland later this year.

Space-Comm Expo is supported by the UK Space Agency, UK Space, Innovate UK KTN and industry partners include Airbus, BAE Systems, InSpace Missions, Kongsberg NanoAvionics, Lockheed Martin, MOOG, NSI-MI Technologies and Rolls-Royce.


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