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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 power will become as important as geopolitical power
By September 13, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

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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Assessment of environmental effects for licence application
By September 10, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

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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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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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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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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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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