Open Innovation Space

The UK’s space industry champion Airbus, has teamed with KBR, Leidos UK, Northrop Grumman and QinetiQ to bring new thinking to future space solutions. At the heart of the UK’s space and technology sector for more than 50 years, the consortium has developed leading edge design, manufacturing and services across the entire space domain.

The consortium has a shared vision of the future which will address new threats and future user requirements effectively. Building on its unique experience, the group will seamlessly transition from current technology to enduring innovation underpinned by a diverse UK supply chain. With service excellence and continuity as the focus, the solution will propel UK defence to the forefront of future space, to deliver choice, sovereignty and value for money.

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Building Greater SME Engagement

The consortium, comprising the UK leader in space and sovereign military satellite communication services, and leading defence companies in their fields, have extensive experience in mission critical communication services and associated space, ground and management segments. With proven track records of modernising defence services, the consortium partners already engage with many SMEs to serve government and commercial customers.

Open Innovation – Space will look to significantly raise this SME engagement to accelerate regional recovery by broadening potential investment in novel solutions and ideas.

The Best of Industry

The consortium partners have been at the heart of the UK’s defence and space sector for more than 50 years having developed leading edge design, manufacturing, systems and service capabilities across the entire space domain.

The consortium includes Airbus, the global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced telecommunications satellites providing a range of space-based services to customers worldwide including the support of the UK Armed Forces, and its NATO Allies; plus leaders in modernising defence information technology systems, as well as trusted providers of research, technology advice, products and mission rehearsal services. With proven capabilities to enable interoperability with allies, including the US, NATO, Five Eyes, the consortium share a vision of the future and a commitment to grow the UK’s industrial footprint through SME engagement.

To hear more about the UK’s future space solutions, register your company’s interest in working with the consortium. Contact us to join the journey to bring greater innovation and grow the UK’s space capability and industrial expertise!

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seamless transition enduring innovation

About the consortium

We are a diverse and experienced team, made of leaders in defence and space services.  We understand how to work with SME’s to deliver disruptive technology to greatest operational effect  - all while ensuring a smooth transition for our customers.


KBR is a global provider of differentiated professional services and technologies across the asset and program lifecycle within the Government Solutions and Energy sectors. Our global Government Solutions business, serves government customers globally, including capabilities that cover the full lifecycle of defense, space, aviation and other government programs and missions from research and development, through systems engineering, test and evaluation, program management, to operations, maintenance, and field logistics. Its Government Solution business within EMEA is a key partner to the UK Government supporting strategic, long term programmes such as Army basing and operations, nuclear decommissioning, military flying training and overseas contingency support. It also acts as a delivery partner integrating technologies and designing systems into solutions to meet client needs.


Leidos is a global science and technology company delivering innovative solutions and services for mission and safety critical applications in Space, Defence, Intelligence, Civil Government and Health. With over 37,000 professionals, many with advanced qualifications and prior military service, we field the broad range of capabilities essential to deliver advantage in the information age. From enterprise digital modernisation and at-scale systems integration through development of maritime autonomous technologies and provision of military ISR as-a-service to deployed logistics and operations support. Whether it be system support in a local service-centre or providing life sustaining logistics at the ends of the Earth, Leidos personnel are deployed 24/7 in support of our customers - wherever their mission takes them.

Northrop Grumman:

Northrop Grumman solves the toughest problems in space, aeronautics, defence and cyberspace to meet the ever evolving needs of our customers worldwide. Our 90,000 employees define possible every day using science, technology and engineering to create and deliver advanced systems, products and services.


QinetiQ and its predecessors have a long history of support to UK Ministry of Defence on numerous complex and demanding programmes, including over 60 years of support to UK Government Space programmes such as Skynet. QinetiQ are trusted providers of research, technology, advice, products and services to civil, military and national security customers for secure satellite communications, secured navigation, Space weather and Earth observation.

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