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ESA BIC UK equips businesses with space industry knowledge

Utilising space technology to assist global sustainability goals, Deep Planet applies satellite imagery and data to provide insights to make the world a better place. Deep Planet offers tailored solutions for its customers, enabling value added benefits and the detection of problems in sectors including agriculture, forestry, water and oil and gas.


Prior to joining ESA BIC UK, Deep Planet was a start-up with three founders who met at Oxford University. Although the team was equipped with the state-of-the-art technical know-how and business experience, they lacked space industry knowledge, finances and employee numbers to successfully access the market. Determined to drive the UN’s sustainability goals - minimising water usage, predicting shortages and enabling better business and government decisions - Deep Planet applied to the ESA BIC UK in the hope of uncovering expert industry knowledge and the funding needed to realise its business dreams.


  • Industry and business expertise
  • Office space at a renowned science innovation address
  • STFC and ESA networking opportunities
  • £41, 500 incentive funding used to hire R&D staff


left-hand quote markThe ESA BIC UK has been very beneficial as we have learnt so much about space having come from outside the sector. The STFC team are very prompt in providing information, always helping us with any questions we have and ensuring that we network with the right people.right-hand quote mark

Sushma Shankar, Co-founder, Deep Planet

Becoming an ESA BIC UK incubatee immediately placed Deep Planet within a thriving space network, allowing the company to connect with key stakeholders and discover crucial space-sector knowledge. Networking across STFC campuses and with other ESA BICs made sourcing information far more efficient for the team and helped deliver new customers and partnerships.

Having dedicated office space has given Deep Planet an ideal location for industry meetings within a renowned science and innovation business address. The financial support of the ESA BIC UK facilitated the expansion of its team from 3 to 5, through the employment of artificial intelligence scientists and agronomists to develop detection and research methods.

Being part of the ESA BIC UK has also enabled Deep Planet to win a place on the Copernicus Incubation Programme. The prestigious programme awards start-ups, that are already enrolled in selected incubation initiatives and utilise Copernicus Sentinel satellite data, with €50 000 funding.

Deep Planet case study (PDF, 1.1 MB)

Last updated: 05 December 2018


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