UCL Department of Space and Climate Physics


Technology Management

We look to apply the knowledge developed in space instrumentation development to other fields, such as:

  • Rail
  • Energy
  • Aerospace
  • Defence
  • Construction
  • Health
  • Communications
  • Mining
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Agriculture
  • Government

    Through UCL Centre for Systems Engineering (UCLse), TMG also supports projects and activities in MSSL, other UCL departments including the newly formed MSSL Australia, and associated institutions and partner companies.

    We have developed a process to manage the full range of activities required to plan the introduction of a new technology.

    Technology Planning Journey

    Starting with a strategic appraisal of the future state of the world the technology is expected to operate in through scenario planning, we next create a roadmap of the opportunities available. The potential technology options are compared through trade studies, before revisiting the roadmap with a view to implementing the technologies preferred in the trade studies. The final stage is to optimise the project that delivers the technology by considering the most appropriate resource profile given the risk of the project and other factors.

    This approach was developed in a three-year research project sponsored by EPSRC, the DTI, GlaxoSmithKline, and Syngenta, which analysed the instrumentation supply chain from two different perspectives.

    Consultancy projects in this area have been performed with GlaxoSmithKline and the Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network.

    The research on this was awarded the prize for the most novel use of systems engineering in the 2006 European Systems Engineering Conference.