Shaun Whitehead - Scoutek Ltd - Business Durham
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Innovation In County Durham

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Shaun Whitehead - Scoutek Ltd

Shaun Whitehead - Scoutek Ltd

We spoke to Shaun Whitehead, founder of Scoutek Ltd at the 2018 Discover the Possibilities Conference about the benefits of engaging with the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence.

Shaun tells us how the tiny satellites his company has developed are paving the way for scientists to send their experiments into orbit on miniscule femtosatellites.  

Shaun’s company Scoutek Ltd is working with Teesside University to develop a low cost rocket – a StratoBooster, which ascends on a meteorological balloon – to launch these femtosatellites which the company has called ThumbSats, in what will be the first civilian space mission to launch in the UK.



Shaun has worked closely with the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence, supported by Business Durham, the economic development organisation for County Durham, and spoke at the 2018 Discover the Possibilities space conference in 2018.

The 2019 Discover the Possibilities “Into the Blue” Annual Conference takes place on 28th March 2019 at The National Glass Centre in Sunderland. The conference will be looking at the Foresight report on the Future of the Sea and responding to the challenges and recommendations set out.

To find out more and book your place please visit

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