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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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Manufacturers must evolve to meet growing satellite demand

Manufacturers must evolve to meet growing satellite demand

The future demand in the communications and Earth observation markets will drive a five-fold increase in the numbers of satellites being produced by 2030, with the majority of this demand being for small satellites. Frost and Sullivan anticipates that more than 90% of satellite launch demand will be generated by some 30 commercial constellation satellite […]

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Space investment by the numbers, 2018

Space investment by the numbers, 2018

2018 was a record-setting year for start-up space. During the year, the start-up space industry saw over $3.2 billion in investment, marking the largest year ever in terms of total investment magnitude. Research has identified 701 investors in start-up space companies in 2018, a 26% increase from last year’s report (555). Since all investors are […]

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Just 23 satellites launched in Q1, but more expected in Q2

Just 23 satellites launched in Q1, but more expected in Q2

Some 23 satellites were launched in Q1, a slow start to the year following the 198 launched in Q4 2018. These satellites were spread over eight launches, however three of these ended in failure. At least two high volume launches (20+ satellites) are expected in Q2 that will at least triple the number of satellites […]

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One nation or all nations: who should make the laws for space?

One nation or all nations: who should make the laws for space?

The United Nations’ consensus process, through its Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) has accomplished much over the decades, most notably helping to produce the five space treaties and related guiding principles. But it has failed to produce an international framework of laws to facilitate humanity’s departure from our home planet. At […]

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Liability, insurance and charging under the Space Industry Act

Liability, insurance and charging under the Space Industry Act

A key strand of the Government’s Industrial Strategy is for the UK to hold a greater share of the commercial spaceflight market, worth an estimated £25 billion over the next 20 years, by developing safe and competitive commercial spaceflight for small satellite launch and sub-orbital flight from the UK. To facilitate this, it passed the […]

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End of financial year UKSA spending tops £17.5 million

End of financial year UKSA spending tops £17.5 million

The end of the financial year saw a huge increase in grants and funding from the UK Space Agency, as it paid out over £17.5m in March. This followed a relatively small spend of £2.3m in February, with the Agency publishing both sets of figures at once to catch up with its data transparency obligations. […]

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Technology trends for 2019; beyond the digital frontier

Technology trends for 2019; beyond the digital frontier

Space technologies have a long history with disruption. The last decade has seen widespread change: for example, governments and other public entities historically played a driving role in space research and services, yet tomorrow’s disruptive space technologies increasingly will be driven by commercial forces. And the future will bring additional disruption in the areas of […]

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