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Space for the Financial, Industrial and Civilian Environment

UDSS as your partner in Space.

At UDSS, we specialise in offering unparalleled support to space entities aiming to connect with key sectors (such as defence, security, finance, and manufacturing) to tailor their innovations to meet specific client demands and challenges, as well as assisting those businesses eager to harness satellite technology to elevate their market presence and operational efficiency.

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Comprehensive Solutions Through Strategic Partnerships: Our Approach to Meeting Client Needs

Acting as a neutral, trusted entity and where necessary, we augment our own capability by partnering with UK and international capability providers to bring the very best team together to provide the needs of the client.

As such, our offering is both wide and deep-ranging from strategy and planning to direct deployment of a solution into an organisation, selecting the right solution from a range of technology areas, such as:

  • Earth Observation – data sourcing, management, analytics, dissemination and delivery of monitoring systems for a wide range of applications across climate, risk, insurance, finance, Land-use and civilian security applications
  • Satcom – strategy, sourcing, implementation, maintenance and monitoring of future developments
  • Cyber – Advice, strategy and support covering the entire range from ground segment through to satcom, in-orbit security and end-service delivery
  • Position – Asset monitoring, historic analysis, risk-modelling and support / advice across land, sea and air specialist applications

Why is Space relevant to the Financial, Industrial and Civilian Environments?

This next generation of business intelligence will be driven by increased frequency, granularity and accuracy of data. This will feed analytic engines that turn data into knowledge and visualisation that provides the knowledge at the right time to the right person in the right form.

Space is now recognised as a critical element for these current and future decision-support systems by a rapidly increasing number of businesses and governments globally. However, many organisations are underestimating or under-utilising the potential value of space. Rapid technology advances, limited knowledge within organisations and a lack of resources within the marketplace to map capability to business needs is stifling uptake and value generation.

  • Climate Change
  • Commodity monitoring and trading
  • Geo-political instability
  • Food and water security
  • Environmental risk
  • Transport Planning
  • Supply-chain management
  • Asset Monitoring
  • Land and marine management
  • Catastrophic event impact analysis
  • Carbon trading
  • Insurance risk assessment

We recognise these challenges and, in partnership with the very best of UK and International industrial capability are providing support, advice, strategy and implementation of space-based technology to reduce cost, increase resilience and improve delivery for organisations across the globe by providing:

  • Knowledge and understanding of how space can be applied to organisational challenges
  • Strategy and planning for innovation, research and development of satellite-based capability
  • Seamless deployment of new intelligence derived from earth observation into existing management and operational processes
  • Ongoing engagement programmes to maintain knowledge of technology developments and associated future business potential
Our offering, merging best-of-breed technology and data with highly skilled interpretation and intelligence skills, generates the maximum value for our clients.


Whilst some of these assets are sovereign and therefore have restricted access, the use of commercially available data is increasingly critical; enhancing and improving internal capability for many countries.

However, the evolution of commercial satellite launch, sensor technology, access points, licencing and exploitation is rapidly evolving. UDSS understands that, for many users, maintaining efficient access and use is challenging. Furthermore, many of our client’s traditional suppliers do not have the necessary skills to understand the very specific use (and viability) of satellite source data within the defence and security domain. As such, organisations are finding it increasingly difficult to identify the optimum technology, coverage, timeliness, cost and delivery method to meet their intelligence needs.


UDSS are the ideal partner for defence and security organisations across the globe to optimise their commercial satellite data access and exploitation. We partner with a wide range of suppliers, combining capability to create a virtual constellation of over 600 satellite delivering:

  • Knowledge and understanding of how space can be applied to organisational challenges
  • Strategy and planning for innovation, research and development of satellite-based capability
  • Seamless deployment of new intelligence derived from earth observation into existing management and operational processes
  • Ongoing engagement programmes to maintain knowledge of technology developments and associated future business potential

Our team is able to offer a complete solution, supporting defence and security users around the globe to better understand to potential of earth observation and access the right intelligence source for the right application at the right time.

Should it be required, we can additionally offer direct support to operational and strategic capability development, access to the latest commercial machine learning / artificial intelligence analytics and provide support to deploy enhanced operational systems and solutions.



Intelligence on activity in and around specific strategic sites has been of interest to both the commercial and government sectors for many years. Using intelligence from imagery, geospatial, signals and open sources can be successful combined to provide indicators of activity, change, development, events and purpose that are of interest to monitoring agency. Increasingly commercial space and satellite technology offers a core component of this capability. However, understanding the potential value, cost, accuracy, frequency and ability of this rapidly evolving data source is extremely challenging for almost all organisations. This has led to poor understanding, implementation and eventual intelligence value of the outputs.


Combining access to a virtual commercial constellation of over 600 satellites with the knowledge and experience within the team, UDSS can provide the necessary clarity to meet asset monitoring needs using imagery intelligence. By harnessing the huge satellite data collection capability and combining with automated analytics, a wide range of “activity indicators” can by observed, recorded and provided as decision intelligence. Examples include:

  • On-site physical building asset change including developments / additions / removals
  • Asset typology including size, shape, roof design, construction materials
  • Traffic and transportation analysis including frequency, vehicle counting / type, road condition, marine shipping activity and aircraft monitoring
  • Activity and purpose including stockpile analysis (eg raw materials), roof condition, frequency of change
  • Impact on surrounding areas including wider area development, environmental damage through activity, land-use change, air quality, greenhouse gas emissions and land degradation
  • Event impact including natural hazard damage such as storm, flood, hurricane and erosion
  • Asset threat such as ground movement (e.g. dam monitoring), landslide, illegal incursion, and localised development

From initial support and investigation of need and capability design, through to complete solution design, implementation and training , UDSS offers a complete end-to-end solution for commercial satellite capability implementation.

Space for the Business, Defence and Security Environments

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UDSS provides expertise and support to military, government, industry, and academic organisations looking to develop their space strategy and operational capability.

The company's vast military and security experience has been enhanced by industrial space expertise, making it an ideal partner for those seeking to understand current capability and future technology development. This includes the role of military and commercial assets within a dual-use environment, the application of space technology within defence and security organisations and how companies can apply satellite technology to meet their business requirements.


Meet Our Experts

Peter Hewitt
Peter L R Hewitt JP FCSI FRSA UDSS Director Space Lead
Peter is the Co-Founder of UDSS. He has been Chairman or Director of 13 UK Public Companies over the last 25 years and was a founding director of 8 of these.

He is currently Chairman of Vordere Ltd; Blackfinch Spring VCT PLC and Scampton Holdings Ltd; and a non-executive Director of Terra Mater Renewables Investments AB. In 2018 he stepped down after a 6 year term as an Alderman in the City of London where he sat on numerous committees including City’s Finance, Investment and Property Committees (£6bn under management) and was the inaugural Chairman of the City's £20m Social Investment Fund. Peter is an Honorary Group Captain in 601 (County of London ) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force.

Peter is a past member of the Governments Taskforce on Retail Social Investment and is a former member of the Associate Parliamentary Group on Wholesale Financial Markets; a UKTI Catalyst member and advisor to the Financial Services Organisation of the UKTI, writing a number of papers on overseas investment opportunities.

He has been very involved in charitable and pro bono work having been on the Finance Committee of ABF the Soldiers Charity; an Appeal Patron of the Sea Change Sailing Trust; and the founder of Raleigh 400. He is a past Master of the Worshipful Company of Woolmen and a founding freeman and Past Master of the Company of Entrepreneurs.

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Michael Holden
Dr Michael Holden UDSS Space Team
Michael’s expertise and insight into the space domain is extensive, having provided consulting services across several key UK aerospace projects.

This includes working on the Skynet 6 Service Delivery Wrap and Enduring Capability, organising top-level UK Space Symposiums and close collaboration with the Ministry of Defence.

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andy wells
Andy has enjoyed a 30 year career applying geography and geospatial technology to meet the opportunities and challenges of both industry and government – globally.

Describing himself as a geographer from birth, an initial love of the subject formed at school was continued at university via a degree in geography (joint honours with physics and electronics) and, thereafter, a PhD in remote sensing / terrain analysis.

Following a brief period in academic research, he has spent the last 30 years in business development, management and board positions across start-up’s, SME’s and multi-nationals - always focused on how geography (often in partnership with satellite technology and earth observation) can provide business intelligence to make better decisions. From supporting elections in Nigeria to deployable geo-intelligence for the MoD, agricultural production in the UK and marine environmental protection in Malaysia, he has enjoyed working in 20+ markets, across 15+ countries.

More recently, much of his work has focused on climate and nature positive activity (driven by global need, governmental policy and commercial interest). Using satellite technology integrated with IoT sensors, mapping, databases and modelling, he is currently focused across GHG emission monitoring, verification of carbon offsets, renewable energy planning, electric vehicle charging, net-zero project planning / implementation, asset risk analysis and land optimisation.

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Ed Stringer
Ed is a specialist in defence policy, the command and management of military operations, cross-government coordination and government-level crisis management.

Former Director General of Joint Force Development and the Defence Academy (DG JFD), the director of military operations (ACDS(Ops)), and the effective deputy chief of the RAF in MOD (ACAS). He has been on the boards of the RAF, CAA, and Defence Nuclear Enterprise. He is a trustee of the Imperial War Museum.

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Steve Thornber
Steve retired from Regular Service in 2021 but has a continuing role in the RAF Reserve as Deputy Director in UK Strategic Command’s Integrated Cyber Electro-Magnetic & Effects Directorate.

Air Commodore (Ret'd) Thornber has had tours in strategic imagery analysis, tactical reconnaissance, intelligence-collection management, instructing, on exchange with the US, contingency planning, and in an outer office. His operational experience spans tours in the Afghanistan, Balkans, Kuwait, Iraq, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey supporting air and land ops at tactical and joint operational level.

In 2003, he took command of the RAF’s Tactical Imagery Intelligence Wing (now 1 ISR Wing) before returning briefly to Shrivenham as ACSC Directing Staff in 2006. He was promoted to Gp Capt in 2007 as Director Joint Narcotics Analysis Centre and deployed to ISAF Joint Command as Deputy Director Intelligence (Operations) for a year in 2009. He took command of the Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Centre in 2010, moving it to Wyton in 2012 to form the Defence Geospatial Intelligence Fusion Centre. In 2013, he was posted to Supreme Allied Command HQ as Head Knowledge Management, before being promoted to Air Cdre in 2015 and returning to UK as ACOS J2 at the UK’s Permanent Joint HQ. He became a Commander in the Order of the British Empire in 2014.

In 2016, he was posted to US Central Command as Deputy Director for Intelligence (Operations) as 1* lead for ISR, Targeting and Intelligence Plans and Ops, for which he earned the US’s Legion of Merit (Officer). He returned to the UK in 2018 to Defence Intelligence as Head of Assessment for Middle East and Africa in close support to Ministers and Service Chiefs, and then in 2019 became Head of Defence Intelligence Operations.

He retired from Regular Service in 2021 but has a continuing role in the RAF Reserve as Deputy Director in UK Strategic Command’s Integrated Cyber Electro-Magnetic & Effects Directorate. He is also an independent Defence and Security consultant in financial and technical sectors, is Chair of the RAF Intelligence Association, and President of the Medmenham Association.

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