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Opportunities explored for the UK Space sector through 2020

Opportunities explored for the UK Space sector through 2020

UKspace Chair Graham Peters is optimistic about what opportunities and developments 2020 will bring for the space sector in the UK and the wider international space community, building upon a series of significant advances and announcements in recent months. He here outlines his thoughts for the new year: The final years of the last decade […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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ESA director general outlines next three years’ programme

ESA director general outlines next three years’ programme

The European Space Agency can effectively become the European New Space Agency to meet the requirements of the emerging ‘New Space’ economy, acting as an R&D entity, a partner, a customer and a broker. This was one of the key messages of ESA director general Jan Wörner as he delivered his new year briefing. Noting […]

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$5.8bn space investment makes 2019 a record year

$5.8bn space investment makes 2019 a record year

With $767m invested into space companies in the fourth quarter, total funding for 2019 reached $5.8B, making it the largest year on record for Space investment. Cumulatively, $25.7bn has now been invested into 535 unique space companies since 2009. This past decade, the entrepreneurial space ecosystem has proven itself to be financially robust, increasingly global, […]

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Addressing the need for better space traffic management

Addressing the need for better space traffic management

In its latest public report “Towards a European Approach to Space Traffic Management”, the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), an independent research think-tank based in Vienna, Austria, investigated the growing challenges to ensure the safety and sustainability of space operations and looked into the whys and wherefores of a European approach to an increasingly discussed […]

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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 […]

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Technical challenges explored to ‘plug and play’ satellites in 5G

Technical challenges explored to ‘plug and play’ satellites in 5G

The 5G communications system represents far more than just the next generation of terrestrial mobile services. It will drive a convergence of fixed and mobile services, introduce a new set of technologies and standards, create a network of networks and facilitate communications between everyone and everything, whilst focusing on some key vertical markets. However, there […]

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