And according to Mr Catchpole, there’s even scope for space-based tools to help local tourism.

He said: “Our visitor economy is set to benefit from satellite Wi-Fi, which is patching connection gaps in rural East Anglia.

“It’s opening up the region to allow people to set up businesses in previously untapped locations.”

Despite the huge success of its first year, Mr Catchpole said Space East had so far barely scratched the surface of its potential.

In the coming year, the cluster has a packed programme of events and initiatives to encourage more businesses to join its network, and take advantage of the £63m pledged by the UK government to fund space innovation in 2024.

Mr Catchpole said: “This awareness-raising will carry on over the next 12 months.

“We’ve got to remember we’re still young and things move fast, so we have to recognise people might not know about us yet.

“We’re going to keep building on the incredible cluster we’ve created so far, and continue our mission to establish East Anglia as a leading space hub.”

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