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Report casts doubt on Sutherland Space Hub construction due to rising costs
By September 3, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Report casts doubt on Sutherland Space Hub construction due to rising costs

A paragraph in a report from Audit Scotland, looking at various projects being undertaken by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has raised doubts over whether there is sufficient funding available to develop the Sutherland Space Hub. HIE approved £17.3m to support the project for a vertical launch facility on the A’Mhoine peninsula in the north […]

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Governments are key customers while space ecosystem builds
By September 1, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Governments are key customers while space ecosystem builds

The space economy will require a self-sufficient ecosystem that includes capital, strategic partnerships and evolving business models. Here’s how it may develop in the coming years. Half a century ago, the Apollo 11 Moon landing demonstrated the reach of human imagination, engineering skill and Prome-thean audacity. The first human steps on extraterrestrial soil culminated decades […]

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Government commitment to embrace the new space age

Government commitment to embrace the new space age

In his speech at Policy Exchange, science minister Chris Skidmore highlighted the Government’s commitment to the UK space industry, outlining the importance of the sector to the broader UK economy. He also added detail to a number of Government propositions – including the National Space Council and the National Space Framework, and spoke on the […]

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Innovation grant for balloon launch evaluation at Shetland

Innovation grant for balloon launch evaluation at Shetland

While Sutherland Space Hub and Spaceport Cornwall have both been approved as sites for UK space launch operations, and Prestwyck has been making a strong argument as a further horizontal launch location, Shetland has been quietly building its own case a launch site. Now a project to evaluate the suitability of Shetland as a location […]

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UK Space Agency details plans for leadership in new space age

UK Space Agency details plans for leadership in new space age

The UK Space Agency has published its accounts for the year ending 31 March 2019, and has detailed its plan for 2019-20, highlighting an ambition to support the UK to be a leader in the new space age. As a world leader in key space domains, the Agency says it is well placed to take […]

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Space electronics market set to see CAGR of 5.22% to 2024

Space electronics market set to see CAGR of 5.22% to 2024

Analysis of the global space electronics industry highlights that the market generated $1.27 billion in 2018 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.22% during 2019-2024. North America dominated the global space electronics market in 2018, whereas, Asia-Pacific is expected to have the highest growth rate during the forecast period 2019-2024. These are […]

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Commercialisation of LEO needs destinations beyond just the ISS

Commercialisation of LEO needs destinations beyond just the ISS

Commercialisation of low Earth orbit will require new models for public-private partnership, and it will be built on a technology infrastructure that will include the likes of robotics and machine learning. But commercial success will hinge on an infrastructure that “buys down the risk” for commercial partners and investors. And it will depend on having […]

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OneWeb takes sustainability into orbit

OneWeb takes sustainability into orbit

OneWeb reaffirmed its focus on responsible space practices with three commitments at the Summit for Space Sustainability, and called on the wider industry to do the same. The commitments are born from OneWeb’s firm belief that the entire space industry bears a shared responsibility for ensuring the potential of the new frontier in mobility, communication […]

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Leaving the EU is foremost in UK space companies’ concerns

Leaving the EU is foremost in UK space companies’ concerns

Brexit dominates companies’ concerns for the coming quarter, with space sector businesses lamenting the loss of access to the EU just as those nations are increasing their investment in space. These are among the findings of the inaugural Space Industry Barometer survey. Asked how confident they were that their company will see growth in the […]

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Underwriters stay calm, while liability grows as a concern

Underwriters stay calm, while liability grows as a concern

The Seradata Space Conference in June examined space risks, business and insurance. To summarise, underwriters were staying calm despite last year’s loss, while in-orbit tracking and liability have emerged as new industry concerns. Following a slightly doom-laden intro-duction about the prospects for space insurance by chairman Pascal Lecointe of Hiscox, the conference kicked off with […]

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