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Ministers address UK space sector in House of Commons

Ministers address UK space sector in House of Commons

This month saw Chris Skidmore, the minister for universities, science, research and innovation, questioned in the House of Commons about the state of play of the UK space sector. Asked by Mark Garnier (Wyre Forest) (Con), vice president of the newly formed all-party parliamentary group, the Parliamentary Space Committee, about the steps being taken to […]

Space Operations Summit puts emphasis on space operations capabilities

Space Operations Summit puts emphasis on space operations capabilities

NATO has approved its first overarching space policy and declared space as an operational domain, recognising the evolving threats facing the Alliance’s members and partners as they continue to advance thinking on this newest war fighting arena. As operational concepts and doctrine for space continue to mature, it is important for the space community to […]

EIB details €100m funding in support of Ariane 6 programme

EIB details €100m funding in support of Ariane 6 programme

At the European Space Policy Conference, the European Investment Bank (EIB) confirmed a €200m loan for the Ariane 6 launcher programme, as part of broader €200m investments in partnership with the European Commission. A statement from the European Commission said that the loan would support “an innovative financing structure which will be contingent on Ariane […]

Industry discusses Earth observation satellite objectives

Industry discusses Earth observation satellite objectives

Industry representatives from the UK, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Greece and Romania met this month, at the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications in Harwell to discuss the TRUTHS climate mission. The primary objective of TRUTHS is the creation of a ‘climate and calibration observatory in space’ which will reduce uncertainty in the Earth-observing data, […]

Scientists hopeful for groundstation decision

Scientists hopeful for groundstation decision

NASA scientist Dr Gene Carl Feldman has weighed in on the debate over plans to move a satellite monitoring facility in Perthshire, arguing that Scotland’s space industry will be significantly weakened if the plans are rejected. Based within Dundee University, Dundee Satellite Receiving Station is currently being decommissioned after an NERC funding cut of £338,000 […]

Skyrora can’t build East Lothian facility

Skyrora can’t build East Lothian facility

Skyrora has been denied permission by East Lothian Council to build an equipment testing facility, office and storage structures at the former Cockenzie Power Station. The application, which planning officers had recommended for approval, was brought before the committee at the request of elected members due to the large number of objections raised by the […]

Does China’s commercial space industry represent a threat?

Does China’s commercial space industry represent a threat?

China has had a space program since roughly the same time that NASA was created in 1958. Since the 1970s, China has launched increasingly complicated military, robotic and human missions into space, making it a major spacefaring nation. Until recently, however, China has not had a commercial space sector in which firms vie to sell […]

2019: the year in review for the space technology market

2019: the year in review for the space technology market

2019 was another year of significant progress in the Space Tech Market with a record $3.8bn of venture capital invested. Leading mega-constellation SpaceX made its grand entrance and launched a record 120 satellites during the year. SpaceX also achieved the first successful test flight for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, bringing the US one step closer […]

By December 29, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Key priorities from industry for commercialising UK space

Key priorities from industry for commercialising UK space

With the UK an acknowledged leader in satellite design and manufacture, and with national launch capability on the horizon, combined with an associated regulatory framework, the space ecosystem is developing rapidly. But what do we need to do to drive commercialisation within the industry, and what is the required role of the Government going forward?

By December 21, 2019 0 Comments Read More →