UK advancing capabilities to home launch satellites

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UK advancing capabilities to home launch satellites
UK advancing capabilities to home launch satellites

UK advancing capabilities to home launch satellites

The UK Space Agency is working towards growing the country’s domestic spaceflight capabilities and put UK at the forefront of emerging spaceflight markets. Through their Spaceflight Programme, they are helping to establish commercial spaceports across the UK, from Cornwall to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

Express newspaper quoted Graham Turnock, UK Space Agency CEO, as saying that he believes that bringing satellite launches to the UK will not only create jobs and opportunities for communities in all corners of the country, it will be their own Sputnik-moment.

Through their new National Space Innovation Programme they aim to fund high-risk, high-reward projects that will help them identify and champion pioneering technologies that will improve the connectivity of their citizens and new technologies, and use space data so that they can confront the climate emergency not just from the land, but from the sky too.

A sovereign fund will allow them to better compete with the likes of Germany and France, who have their own national programmes, while blending together their goals of supercharging their space sector, with the outward vision for a Global Britain.

UK Space Agency’s acquisition of the satellite operator OneWeb was a signal to the world about their plans to be a pioneer in researching, developing, manufacturing, and exploiting low Earth orbit satellites.