UK Space Agency Provides More than £900,000 for Education and Range Control for Launch UK

Close to £1 million [$1.28 million] of government funding will be used to inspire the next generation of engineers and support future commercial range control services for UK spaceflight.

SWINDON, UK (UKSA PR) — The UK Space Agency is awarding £325,000 [$415,357] to the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) to bring the latest space science to children and families across the UK.

This will help create new resources based on real scientific and engineering challenges, including those facing the operation of UK spaceports, rockets and spaceplanes.

Together, up to 14 UK science centres and museums will deliver activities to 200,000 children and adults until March 2021, building on the success of ASDC’s Destination Space education programme, which reached more than 900,000 people during Tim Peake’s Principia mission.

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New Multi-million Pound Satellite Investment Deal for the UK

SWINDON, UK (UK Space Agency PR) — A new multi-million-pound deal by European businesses Eutelsat and Airbus will see satellite components and major parts assembled in the UK.

  • Eutelsat and Airbus invest millions in new satellite components and assembly in the UK
  • Deal will support hundreds of high quality jobs in Portsmouth and Stevenage and thousands of jobs in the supply chain
  • A year since the launch of the modern Industrial Strategy, this deal represents a further vote of confidence in the UK’s future economy and growing space industry

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UK Space Agency Funds New Experiments Aboard International Space Station

The International Space Station as it appears in 2018. Zarya is visible at the center of the complex, identifiable by its partially retracted solar arrays. (Credit: NASA)

SWINDON, UK (UK Space Agency PR) — UK science will be launched into space to help tackle the effects of ageing, thanks to funding from the UK Space Agency, the Science Minister Sam Gyimah has announced.

  • New funding for three UK-led experiments on the International Space Station
  • Research to improve our understanding of the ageing process and develop new materials as part of government’s Industrial Strategy.
  • Universities of Liverpool, Nottingham, Exeter and Strathclyde to benefit.

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Britain, Australia Sign Space Agreement

BREMEN, Germany (UKSA PR) — The United Kingdom and Australia will co-operate on activities including communications technologies, space situational awareness and satellite navigation, Science Minister Sam Gyimah announced today (3 October).

The Memorandum of Understanding, signed at the International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany, provides a framework for collaborative activities and the exchange of information, technology and personnel between both nations.

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Britain Competes for the Launch of an Estimated 2,000 Satellites by 2030

SUTHERLAND, UK (UK Space Agency PR) — This morning (9 August) at his first visit to the site of a future UK spaceport in Sutherland, Business Secretary Greg Clark expanded on the commercial opportunities to be gained.

  • New figures published today by the UK Space Agency reveal that the UK could compete in a high value market to launch an estimated 2,000 satellites by 2030
  • On his first visit to the site of a new spaceport at Sutherland, Business Secretary Greg Clark said that the spaceport could be worth 400 jobs to local Scottish economy
  • In July £31.5m of funding was announced to support the Sutherland spaceport. This is a key part of the Industrial Strategy to ensure the UK thrives in the commercial space age.
  • Commercial vertical and horizontal launch demand is worth a potential £3.8 billion to the UK economy over the next decade and will support further growth of Britain’s space sector.

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UK Industry to Design a Future Mars Rover

SWINDON, UK (UK Space Agency PR) — UK industry will design a future Mars rover, Science Minister Sam Gyimah announced today after a visit to the Harwell space cluster with Tim Peake.

A new rover set to visit Mars and collect the first ever samples from the planet to be brought back safely to Earth, will be designed in Stevenage by Airbus following the award of a £3.9 million contract by the European Space Agency (ESA).

The sample fetch rover will retrieve samples left by NASA’s Mars 2020 rover and transfer them to an ascent vehicle. This will put them into orbit about the planet, where they will then be brought back to Earth by a separate spacecraft.

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UK Space Agency Awards Funding to Incubation Centers

SWINDON, England (UKSA PR) — The UK Space Agency has awarded just under £150,000 [$185,322] to three business incubation centres across the UK.

These awards will support entrepreneurs and small companies in the space industry. The Agency is working with UK industry to deliver world-class science innovation support, in line with the Government’s Industrial Strategy, which emphasises the importance of science, innovation and skills.

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UK Space Agency Appoints New CEO

SWINDON, England (UKSA PR) — The UK Space Agency has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Graham Turnock.

Graham has been Chief Executive of the Better Regulation Executive, a unit within the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, since 2011. He has a BA and a PhD in Particle Physics from Cambridge University for theoretical work on collision experiments at CERN. He also holds a diploma in public administration from the École Nationale d’Administration (ENA).

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Launch UK Brings Together UK Commercial Space Sector

LONDON — The UK Space Agency and partners brought together government and industry to enable satellite launches from the UK by 2020.

Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson and Minister for Aviation Lord Ahmad spoke alongside the UK Space Agency CEO Katherine Courtney at the Launch UK conference at the Royal Aeronautical Society on 21 February.

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 competitive, commercial and safe spaceflight proposals for UK-based satellite launch services and sub-orbital flights.

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Surrey Satellite Expands LEO Platform Capability with VESTA Nanosat

VESTA nanosat (Credit: Surrey Satellite)
VESTA nanosat (Credit: Surrey Satellite)

GUILDFORD, UK (SSTL PR) — Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has signed a contract with Honeywell to supply the VESTA satellite platform, a technology demonstration mission that will test a new two-way VHF Data Exchange System (VDES) payload for the exactEarth advanced maritime satellite constellation. The contract was signed as part of an MOU between Honeywell Aerospace and the UK Space Agency.

John Paffett, SSTL’s Director of Telecommunications, commented “The SSTL nanosatellite range provides flexible and highly capable payload accommodation, engineered with SSTL’s unrivalled class-leading reliability and I am delighted that VESTA will be first nanosatellite to be manufactured in our new NanoLab here in Guildford.”

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UK Space Agency Invests £1.15 Million in Launch Research

UK_space_agencySWINDON, UK (UKSA PR) — We are investing £1.15 million to fund preparatory research about sub-orbital spaceflight and small satellite launches from the UK.

In 2015, the National Space Policy set out the government’s ambition to establish a spaceport in the UK. In February 2016, proposals were invited for industrial research projects to investigate the challenges associated with the introduction and operation of commercial viable services in the UK, and to identify the underpinning technological developments required to support these activities.

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UK, UAE Increase Collaboration in Space

UK_space_agencySWINDON, England (UKSA PR) — The UK Space Agency and UAE Space Agency today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create a strategic space partnership.

Signed by the UK Space Agency Chief Executive, Dr David Parker, and H.E Dr Khalifa Al Romaithi, Chairman of the UAE Space Agency, the MoU allows for extensive cooperative activities in the field of space between the UK and the UAE, including partnerships in scientific missions and outreach efforts.

Today’s agreement builds upon decades of friendship and strategic partnership between the UK and UAE.

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And Then There Were Six: UK Narrows Spaceport Field

Short list of UK spaceport candidates (Credit: CAA)
Short list of UK spaceport candidates (Credit: CAA)

SWINDON, England (UKSA PR) — Plans for Britain to be home of Europe’s first spaceport moved a step closer today, 3 March 2015.

Publishing the outcome of a 3 month consultation with a range of interested parties, the government confirmed widespread support for its plans. This paves the way towards making commercial spaceflight operations in the UK a reality.

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UK Deepens China Ties as Part of Broad International Cooperative Effort

As British Prime Minister David Cameron and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang look on, representatives from the UK Space Agency and the China National Space Administration sign a memoradum of understand to cooperate space science, space applications, education and training. (Credit: CNSA)
As British Prime Minister David Cameron and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang look on, representatives from the UK Space Agency and the China National Space Administration sign a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on space science, space applications, education and training. (Credit: CNSA)

Backed by an £80m ($131 million) fund, the UK Space Agency has embarked on an ambitious effort to forge deeper cooperative ties with other nations, with the first target being the surging Chinese space program.

The new five-year Global Collaborative Space Program seeks to leverage the nation’s expertise in satellite telecommunications, space data applications and small satellites, the UK Space Agency says. Initial funding will be focused on using space assets and data for social and economic development.

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UK Space Agency Signs Deals With NASA, Roscosmos

The newly created UK Space Agency signed agreements with NASA and the Russian space agency Roskosmos to facilitate join cooperation across a range of areas.

The NASA agreement “identify new cooperative activities related to Earth and space science, life sciences, and space exploration, in addition to other areas of mutual interest.”

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