Government Backs UK Companies Tackling Dangerous Space Junk

Distribution of space debris around Earth (Credit: ESA)

Seven UK companies have been awarded a share of over £1 million [$1.3 million] to help track debris in space

  • Currently there are approximately 160 million objects in orbit – mainly debris – which could collide with satellites vital to services we use every day
  • UK Space Agency and Ministry of Defence sign formal agreement to work together on monitoring threats and hazards in orbit

SWINDON, UK (UK Space Agency PR) –Seven pioneering projects which will develop new sensor technology or artificial intelligence to monitor hazardous space debris, have been announced today by the UK Space Agency.

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UK Ministry of Defence Announces £1.5m Boost for Space Innovation

NEWPORT, Wales (UK MOD PR) — Defence Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan has announced a £1.5 million [$1.85 million] investment in 12 ground-breaking space innovation projects.

The announcement marks the next step in the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s (Dstl) ‘Space to Innovate’ competition, which sought to find and fund new technologies that could improve the UK’s resilience, awareness and capability in space.

The competition, run on behalf of Dstl by the Defence and Security Accelerator, the MOD’s innovation hub, received more than 60 bids from innovators around the world.

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University of Strathclyde Partners With Airbus in Spacecraft Removal Project

University_of_Strathclyde_LogoGLASGOW, Scotland (University of Strathclyde PR) — Technology for the removal of satellites from space is to be developed in a €2.8 million project involving the University of Strathclyde.

The (TeSeR – Technology for Self-Removal of Spacecraft) programme, led by Airbus Defence & Space, with funding from the European Commission, will carry out initial research for the development of a prototype of a cost-efficient but highly-reliable removal module.

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Clyde Space Receives UKSA Funding for CubeSat Projects

CLYDE SPACE PR — Clyde Space has been awarded funding for two advanced space technology development projects. The projects are joint developments; the first with the Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory at University of Strathclyde and the second with Mars Space Ltd in Southampton. These projects are part of the UK Space Agency’s National Space Technology Programme (NSTP) where twenty-nine projects are receiving grant funding to develop commercial products and services using space technology or space-derived data and are part of the ‘Space for Growth’ competition lasting between 6 and 9 months.

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