28 June 2021 Industry News

Scottish-based AstroAgency nominated for two ‘Arthurs’

AstroAgency’s Daniel Smith (right) pictured with writer Scott Hatton (centre) and ROOM editor Mark Williamson at the 2019 Reinventing Space Conference.
AstroAgency’s Daniel Smith (right) pictured with writer Scott Hatton (centre) and ROOM editor Mark Williamson at the 2019 Reinventing Space Conference.

Strategic space marketing firm AstroAgency has been nominated for two awards in the 2021 Sir Arthur Clarke Awards which will be presented during a gala dinner organised by the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) as part of its Reinventing Space Conference this week.

SpaceBar, AstroAgency’s virtual fortnightly networking event, is nominated for the Education & Outreach Team Achievement award, recognising teams that have fostered informative, educational and inspiring online engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic., has been nominated for the individual Space Industry Achievement award.

Daniel Smith, the company’s founder and creative director who has played a key role in establishing four space companies and is also the Co-Chair of the Scottish Space Leadership Council, is nominated for an individual Sir Arthur Clarke award in appreciation of his enthusiasm for supporting the growing UK space sector and his efforts to encourage the development of a more environmentally conscious, diverse industry.

Smith stated: "There's no doubt that the last 18 months have been a challenging time to set up and grow any business, so to be finalists in two categories is a testament to our team's focus on supporting companies across the globe to find opportunities in this incredible sector. For this to be recognised at such a prestigious space industry event, along with our commitment to educational outreach and growing a more diverse and inclusive workforce, is special."

Daniel Smith and his AstroAgency team also work in partnership with ROOM to deliver promotional opportunities via ROOM Space Journal's print and online editions. For more information and to contact him click here.

In just two years of operation AstroAgency has established itself as a global leader in strategic marketing for space companies and those looking to move into the fast-growing sector. The international team of 20, which includes experts both in marketing and space technology, haasecured 23 worldwide commercial and government space clients - the latest being German-based company ConstellR - backed by leading SpaceTech investors Seraphim and OHB - which usesspace data and revolutionary technology to monitor Earth's land surface temperature.

SpaceBar, hosted by science broadcaster Dallas Campbell and Dr Suzie Imber, was established by AstroAgency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to encourage informal networking and knowledge sharing among the world-wide space community. The sessions are held on video-conferencing platform Zoom, where participants are invited to engage with a wide range of topics during interactive discussion panels moderated by space industry experts.

Participants have included representatives from the European Space Agency, UK Space Agency, NASA and other international space agencies, as well as students looking for career placements, start-ups looking for investment and a number of special guests, including British astronaut Tim Peake.

The British Interplanetary Society (BIS), established in 1933, aims to increase public and stakeholder engagement with space and, since 2005, has presented the annual Sir Arthur Clarke awards to recognise outstanding achievements in space activities.

In conjunction with the Arthur C Clarke Foundation, the BIS invited nominations from the general public and a nominations panel of senior representatives from all areas of the space sector. A total of 166 nominations for 82 nominees were received this year – a record for the ‘Arthurs’.

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