Fujitsu Centre To Create UK Jobs In Space Debris Removal

22nd Jun 2022
Fujitsu Centre To Create UK Jobs In Space Debris Removal

Fujitsu has announced that they are investing £22 million in creating a new technology centre in the UK, which will generate more than 200 high-skilled jobs, including a number in the space sector.

The Centre for Cognitive and Advanced Technologies, or C-CAT, will provide a direct link to the company in Japan. Fujitsu sees C-CAT as a focal point for collaboration between academia, government, and industry.

One of the objectives is to enhance the United Kingdom’s ability to draw on leadership in Japan in areas such as supercomputing. 

Speaking about the Centre for Cognitive and Advanced Technologies, Fujitsu has said:

“Combining the power of quantum computing, artificial intelligence and digital twin technology has the potential to transform the way we live and work. 

By fostering impactful innovation and extending the use of cognitive technologies, we can deliver real outcomes across the public and private sectors, and provide essential support for communities.”

C-CAT will lead to the creation of jobs in space debris removal

Fujitsu plans to create 200+ jobs over the next 12 months. We expect to see a number of jobs in the field of quantum computing to facilitate space debris removal.

The UK Space Agency tweeted the following:

Great to see @fujitsu_uk establishing their new UK technology centre, creating over 200 high-skilled jobs. 🛰️

Part of the centre includes quantum computing, on which we’ve worked with Fujitsu and partners for space debris removal. 🌍👉

US Space Agency Tweet about Fujitsu_uk
US Space Agency’s tweet about Fujitsu

Fujitsu is working alongside AWS, the University of Glasgow, and Astroscale UK on behalf of the UK Space Agency. Together, they are on a mission to combine AI and quantum-inspired computing to transform space debris removal

Their aim is to enhance mission planning. This means a single spacecraft can more efficiently choose which pieces of space debris to eradicate per mission. A quantum-computing based mission will achieve this at a much quicker rate than what is currently possible. 

Ellen Devereux, Digital Annealer Consultant at Fujitsu, UK, commented:

“With the UK Space Agency’s backing, along with Astroscale UK, AWS and the University of Glasgow, we’ve designed a solution to optimise the mission planning of a servicing craft before it is sent into space – meaning organisations like Astroscale UK can pick up more debris, more quickly than ever.”

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