UK-UN Sign Agreement on Space Sustainability
Efforts to safeguard sustainable use of outer space have been fortified with an agreement between the UK and the UN.The UK’s Science Minister Amanda Solloway signed the agreement on Tuesday, explaining “it’s critical that we work with our international partners to secure the continued safety and sustainability of space.”The agreement commits the UK government to a series of events and outreach efforts, ultimately aimed at promoting the Guidelines for the Long-Term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities (LTS Guidelines).The guidelines ensure “the conduct of space activities indefinitely into the future”, an ability now under threat from the growing cloud of space debris.
Spacewalk to Install UK-built Terminal on International Space Station
Two NASA astronauts took part in a spacewalk in order to mount a British piece of technology on the International Space Station (ISS), marking the first significant technological contribution made by the United Kingdom to the spacecraft. Columbus Ka-band Terminal (COLKa) Almost one year ago, on 15th of February 2020, the Columbus Ka-band Terminal (COLKa) system was launched onboard the NG-13 Commercial Resupply Mission towards the International Space Station.
Application Powered by Satellites to Identify City-Wide Loneliness Levels in the UK
Leeds City Council has adopted the government-backed application which aims to confront levels of loneliness through access to essential support services for the most vulnerable and socially isolated.
Using Satellites to Detect Elephants from Orbit
Researchers at the University of Oxford Wildlife Conservation Research Unit and Machine Learning Research Group, have combined satellite imagery with artificial intelligence capabilities, in order to detect and count African elephants (Loxodonta africana).
European Probe Known As ‘Comet Chaser’ to be Designed in the UK
The design work for a space mission established by the European Space Agency (ESA) involving the first ever 3D mapping of a comet will shortly commence in the UK. Two contracts to design the spacecraft were distributed, one of the contracts being awarded to Thales Alenia Space, an aerospace manufacturing company specialising in the space industry.