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Satellite demand set to grow four-fold in the next 10 years

Satellite demand set to grow four-fold in the next 10 years

In its latest analysis of satellite manufacturing and launch services, Euroconsult projects that the satellite market will experience a radical transformation in the quantity, value and mass of the satellites to be built and launched with a four-fold increase in the number of satellites at a yearly average of 990 satellites to be launched, compared […]

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Space science investment delivers significant returns

Space science investment delivers significant returns

Every pound invested in the design and development of space science missions like Solar Orbiter results in between £2.50 and £4 in returns, a new report shows. The study found that £523 million of UK Space Agency funding put into the European Space Agency’s Space Science Programme (SSP) has generated £1.4 billion of income for […]

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Harwell on track to hit 2030 target

Harwell on track to hit 2030 target

New figures released from Harwell demonstrate the continued growth of the Harwell Space Cluster with the number of organisations in the Cluster growing from 89 to 105 in the year to December 2019. Collectively employing over 1,100 people (growing 16% year on year), Europe’s most concentrated space cluster is on track to reach its ambitious […]

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Who takes responsibility for incidents occurring in space?

Who takes responsibility for incidents occurring in space?

The global space industry is projected to generate over $1 trillion in revenue over the next two decades, including revenue from the development, launch and operation of satellites. Increased activity in recent years, including more launches of satellites by a larger number of operators, has both reflected and attracted substantial new investment. The increased volume […]

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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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