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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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2019: the year in review for the space technology market
By December 29, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

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 […]

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Key priorities from industry for commercialising UK space
By December 21, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

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?

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UK businesses are potentially missing out on £10bn of R&D funding each year
By December 15, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

UK businesses are potentially missing out on £10bn of R&D funding each year

Engineering companies in the UK are potentially missing out on over £10 billion of R&D funding each year, new research has revealed. The study, commissioned by innovation specialist MPA, found that one in five (21%) of innovation active engineering firms are not taking advantage of the Government’s R&D Tax Credit scheme, which allows companies to […]

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£93m invested in the UK, with further £374m for ESA
By December 14, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

£93m invested in the UK, with further £374m for ESA

The UK Space Agency is a little behind in the publication of its spending data this year, having only recently published the figures for September. That saw a total of £5,130,011m of funding awarded to businesses in the form of R&D and capital grants. Total spend for the year to date is now a whisker […]

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