EarthSense Systems Gains from UK Space Agency Support

 – EarthSense Systems, the new name in commercial air quality monitoring solutions, is one of the first companies to benefit from UK Space Agency incubation funding.

Located in Leicester’s new hub for high tech, low carbon and innovative business, Dock, EarthSense has access to first class office, lab and workshop facilities, as well as business support services.

Leicester’s Dock was one of only five regional incubators to receive funding from the UK Space Agency, designed to enable the provision of a supportive business environment to organisations like EarthSense. The Space Agency funding is designed to grow space in the regions and to assist entrepreneurs to develop small companies – an important path in realising the space sector’s ambitions to achieve a 10 percent share of the global space market by 2030.

“Being located in such a prestigious and well supported business environment will be important for the success and growth of EarthSense,” commented James Eddy, Managing Director of EarthSense Systems. “The synergy, energy and innovation within the Dock and its tenant community are contagious, and we are pleased to be part of it and to contribute to it.”

“We are delighted that EarthSense has joined the Dock community, and is one of the first organisations to be part of Dock Downstream, the UK Space Agency incubation funded incubator,” added Luke Pulford, Workspace Manager at Dock. “Bluesky and the University of Leicester, the driving forces behind EarthSense, are both already well known and well respected within the regional and national space community, so we are sure they will flourish at Dock.”

EarthSense has already undertaken a range of air quality monitoring projects, including trials of an airborne air quality mapper, air pollution monitoring equipment on a rocket, and mobile mapping with air quality sensors mounted in electric cars. Future plans include the establishment of a nationwide network of air quality monitoring sensors, feeding live data for up to the minute air quality predictions.


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EarthSense Systems aims to deliver products that enable the world to visualise and solve its air quality issues. A joint venture between aerial mapping company Bluesky and the University of Leicester, EarthSense enables policy makers, planners and those responsible for delivering results to access to real world information in order to support decision making.

With a mix of hardware (air quality sensors), software (bespoke modelling), data (derived and complementary) and people, EarthSense is uniquely poised to take a lead in air quality monitoring solutions and services, making a difference to people’s lives and delivering high value information to a range of consumers and decision makers.

The University of Leicester is a leading UK University committed to international excellence through the creation of world changing research and high quality inspirational teaching. Leicester is among the most socially inclusive of Britain's top 20 leading universities. The University of Leicester is The Times/Sunday Times 2014 University of the Year Runner-Up and the THE University of the Year 2008-9.  Leicester is a three-time winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, and is the only University to win seven consecutive awards from the Times Higher Education (THE) magazine. Leicester is ranked 14th out of 121 institutions by The Times/Sunday Times and the University is ranked among the top two percent in the world by the QS World University Rankings, Taiwan World University Rankings and THE World University Rankings.

Bluesky is a UK-based specialist in aerial survey including aerial photography, LiDAR and thermal data using the very latest survey technology, including two UltraCam Eagles and an Orion M300 LiDAR system. An internationally recognised leader with projects extending around the globe, Bluesky is proud to work with prestigious organisations such as Google, the BBC and Government Agencies. 

Bluesky has unrivalled expertise in the creation of seamless, digital aerial photography and maintains national “off the shelf” coverage of aerial photography, DTM and DSM through an on-going three year update programme. By purchasing a World first sensor for the simultaneous capture of LiDAR, thermal and aerial photography data, Bluesky is in the enviable position of being able to provide customers with unique and cost effective solutions.

Bluesky is also leading the way in developing innovative solutions for environmental applications, including the UK’s first National Tree Map (NTM), solar mapping and citywide ‘heat loss’ maps, and is currently developing noise and air quality mapping products.

Published Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

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