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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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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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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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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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Optimisation is key to small satellite industry
By December 12, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Optimisation is key to small satellite industry

Optimisation of the launch frequency, inventory and manufacturing capability will be critical to the success of the satellite sector, finds Frost & Sullivan. The research organisation  forecasts the total number of satellites to be launched during the period 2019 to 2033 to be 20,425, with North America leading the way, followed by Europe. Such demand […]

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Grappling tech for OneWeb satellites
By December 10, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Grappling tech for OneWeb satellites

OneWeb is to implement an advanced-technology grappling fixture, developed by Altius Space Machines, on its satellites. “Space has never been more accessible than it is today, and there are tremendous benefits for humanity to be gained through Space applications,” said Tim Maclay, OneWeb director of mission systems engineering. “It is critical we do all we […]

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ESA commissions world’s first space debris removal mission

ESA commissions world’s first space debris removal mission

ClearSpace-1 will be the first space mission to remove an item of debris from orbit. Planned for launch in 2025, the mission is being procured as a service contract with a startup-led commercial consortium, to help establish a new market for in-orbit servicing, as well as debris removal. Following a competitive process, a consortium led […]

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