CAPPA was delighted to attend the space industry morning in Vertigo, at Cork County Hall on Friday October 11. The space industry morning took place as part of space week, which ran from the 4 to 10 October. Space week is Ireland’s newest STEM week, which aims to focus on joining students, families, community groups and members of the public with the space community, professional astrophysicists, educational communities, hobby astronomers and space scientists to use the powers of creativity, critical thinking, science, technology, engineering and maths to focus on space.

Ireland has a strong presence in the space industry but many more sectors are opening up to Irish enterprises as the space industry grows and expands. The size of the global space industry is projected to grow from its current value of $350 billion to $1 trillion by 2030. As a result, it is imperative that Ireland is well positioned to exploit the many new opportunities that are becoming available for businesses. To ensure that these opportunities are not missed by relevant organisations in Ireland, Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and the National Space Centre have agreed to work together. At the event, CIT and the National Space Centre signed a Memorandum of Understanding to underpin their shared commitment to ensuring Irish companies are primed to exploit the opportunities presented by the New Space Sector. They have a number of shared objectives including the development of a space industry campus in Ireland, the creation of new educational programmes, which support the development of the industry, and maximising the level of investment in space industry funding nationally.

Pictured above are CAPPA team members Dr Donagh O’ Mahony, Uday Bangavadi Munivenkatappa, Dr Chinna Devarapu and Adarsh Anathachar at the space industry morning in Vertigo, Cork County Hall.