Robot Foundry Hosting Talk on Satellite Technology

EIC tenant Robot Foundry will be hosting a free talk by Barry Cook, all about satellite technology and design.

Barry has spent nearly 20 years working in the space industry developing standards and designing ground-based test equipment used around the world by major space agencies and space industries.

There are currently about 1500 satellites operating in-orbit around Earth – and a few more around other planets. Space provides an environment that is both beneficial and problematic. Freed from Earthly constraints, new and better scientific studies are possible but there are also new and more extreme challenges that have to be faced for missions to be successful. 

Barry will take a look at a fairly typical “small” satellite. After some photos of it being prepared for launch, there will be a tour of the various sensors and actuators on-board (some familiar and some unique to space), looking at what design and construction strategies are needed to keep everything working.

The talk will take place at the Telford Innovation Campus. To reserve a free place, please visit the Eventbrite page here:

Centre Coordinator Receives Long Service Award

Congratulations to Lorraine, EIC Centre Coordinator, who has received a long service award from the University of Wolverhampton. Here’s to many more years!

Scanning Pens Receive Visit from MP

Lucy Allan, the Member of Parliament for Telford, recently paid a visit to Scanning Pens Ltd who are tenants at EIC’s sister building the Busness and Technology Centre. The MP was there to meet staff and discover more about their range of assistive technology devices.

Scanning Pens is the global distributor for the C-Pen. The C-Pen ReaderPen, ExamReader and DictionaryPen’s are pocket-sized devices that read text out loud aiming to promote independent reading and learning.

As a leading Assistive Technology supplier, they combine their expert knowledge with years of experience in the dyslexia field to develop solutions for many educational institutions helping students with reading difficulties such as dyslexia, visual impairment, physical disabilities and much more.

Lucy Allan, a member of the Education Select Committee said: “I was so pleased to visit Scanning Pens and listen to how the pens have supported and transformed many young people who face daily reading challenges. Too many people struggle with literacy problems throughout their lives and this is a fantastic tool to enable them to overcome these difficulties.”

CEO and Co-Founder of Scanning Pens Jack Churchill commented: “We were thrilled to welcome Lucy to Scanning Pens. Since we opened our Telford office nearly two years ago, we have recruited many local people and provided educational support to hundreds of reluctant readers, some with complex learning needs, many of whom live in Telford and surrounding areas. Scanning Pens have always been committed to being an active part of the local community so welcoming Lucy as the local MP was a great honour for us”.

Barbecue Fun at EIC

A great afternoon was had by all as the annual summer barbecue was held on Wednesday 1st August.

Tenants of EIC and the the Business and Technology Centre were treated to food as well as an array of games to play in the sun. There was a golf game, skittles, boules, and in the marquee an F1 video game competition complete with racing chair, pedals and steering wheel provided by Business Solutions. 

Lots of people took part in the competition and in the end the fastest lap was recorded by Ginny from Round Software who will receive a voucher for the Greenshoots Deli.

A big thank you must go to the catering team for providing the food, and also to EIC and BTC  tenants for coming and joining in. Same time next year!