Will Whitehorn joins UKspace as President
By September 24, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Will Whitehorn joins UKspace as President

Space industry pioneer and entrepreneur, Will Whitehorn, today takes over from Andy Green as President of UKspace, the trade association which represents the UK space industry. Will, who was formerly President of Virgin Galactic, played a central role in the development and concept of commercial spaceflight, and now holds several non-executive roles at companies including […]

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Private sector key in driving commercial space exploration
By September 16, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Private sector key in driving commercial space exploration

Despite multiple attempts to foster a cross-fertilisation with commercial activities, outer space exploration and human spaceflight – two domains intrinsically related – remain essentially funded and led by governments through national and international programmes. The substantial cost of space exploration missions and lack of business case (so far) limited the emergence of commercial leadership in […]

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Space mining market expected to reach US$2.84bn by 2023
By September 13, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Space mining market expected to reach US$2.84bn by 2023

A new report forecasts that the global space mining market will grow from $0.65bn in 2018 to $2.4bn by 2023, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.6%. Yet this is still an industry that is very much at the earliest stages of development: a Caltech study put the cost of an asteroid mining […]

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Space power will become as important as geopolitical power
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Space power will become as important as geopolitical power

After an early thrill ride in the 1960s, followed by a sleepy coasting, space is again abuzz with activity. This time it is different – radically different – and the labels show it: “NewSpace”, “Space 2.0” or “The Second Space Age”. There are now many more players, much more money, vastly better technology, bigger interests, […]

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First Earth observation satellite featuring AI tech ready to launch
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First Earth observation satellite featuring AI tech ready to launch

When the two CubeSats that make up the FSSCat mission launch, they will be the first to feature the ɸ-Sat artificial intelligence (AI) technology to demonstrate the potential of AI in space. During ɸ-week, ESA’s director of Earth observation programmes, Josef Aschbacher, said: “We see that there is huge interest in ɸ-Sat and thanks to […]

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Identifying natural resources from space
By September 11, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Identifying natural resources from space

The Mission and Agile Nanosatellite for Terrestrial Imagery Services (MANTIS) satellite could soon be helping energy and mining businesses identify new resources, after the demonstration project was awarded co-funding from industry and the UK Space Agency through its investment in the ESA’s InCubed programme. UK company Open Cosmos will provide the design, manufacturing, testing, launch […]

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QinetiQ awarded £67m Robust GNS contract
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QinetiQ awarded £67m Robust GNS contract

QinetiQ has won a £67m contract with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to develop multi-constellation satellite receivers under the UK Robust Global Navigation System (R-GNS) programme. The programme will deliver critical capability to provide UK Defence with accurate and resilient positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) which will underpin the UK’s ability to undertake 24/7 military […]

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Assessment of environmental effects for licence application
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Assessment of environmental effects for licence application

Under the Space Industry Act, both spaceports and vehicle launch operators will be required to apply for a licence, as covered under Section 11 of the Act. A key aspect to consider as part of the application for a licence is the submission of an assessment of environmental effects (AEE), which is covered in Section […]

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Space law must evolve to deal with emerging challenges
By September 7, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Space law must evolve to deal with emerging challenges

Recently NASA astronaut Anne McClain was accused of illegally accessing her wife’s bank account during her stay on the International Space Station. This brought up variety of legal issues and questions about how to litigate a crime committed in space. NASA is currently investigating the matter. Here we explore the practice area of space law, […]

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July grants top £6m, plus news of EO project funding
By September 4, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

July grants top £6m, plus news of EO project funding

Grants to from the UK Space Agency to businesss hit £6,379m in July, as the Agency published its spending data as part of its transparancy obligations. In the table opposite, we strip out the employee expenses, training costs, the costs of other professional services, costs of contractors, etc, to look at the grants and funding […]

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