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With the UK government aiming to capture 10% of the global space market by 2030, the UK space industry is growing at great speed and as the space revolution is rapidly evolving and more exciting, positive news is released each month, our vision is to provide information on all of these key moments in one space.
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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.
Launch of Ocean Mapping Space Technology Backed by UK Space Agency
A government-backed satellite that will enable UK scientists to measure the increase in sea levels – one of the greatest threats posed to the planet as a result of climate change – was launched on a SpaceX rocket on Saturday 21st November from California. Over the past twenty years, space has become imperative to the observation of the effects of climate change and the mission to it.
UK Space Industry’s Mars Rover One Step Closer to Completion
The dual parachutes securely delivering the first ever UK-built Mars rover landing on the planet’s surface have successfully achieved their initial high-altitude full-scale drop tests. The ExoMars Rosalind Franklin rover by the European Space Agency will be carried by a descent unit which will deploy the two parachutes ahead of landing on Mars’ surface.
UK Space Agency wins global award for sustainable development
The British Space Agency has been awarded the coveted Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Award, as a result of the organisation’s efforts in utilising space technology to explore innovative satellite solutions to challenges faced by global sustainability.
UK and NASA sign the Artemis Accords
Among other parties, NASA and the UK Space Agency have signed a historic agreement concerning the principles for space exploration, commercial activities, and scientific operations ahead of a proposed mission involving travel to the Moon.
£3.4 Million Cash Boost to Fund UK Space Projects in Support of Global Sustainable Development
The UK Space Agency has stated that £3.4 million of new funding will be put toward the support of 10 cutting-edge projects that back the UK’s aim to utilise space in tackling development problems across the globe.
UK Boosting Space Weather Research
NASA's Parker Solar Probe.
Call for Proposals: 5G logistics support solutions requested by UK Space Agency, European Space Agency (ESA) and DCMS
A joint venture has been formed by the UK Space Agency, ESA and DCMS to ask the industry to submit proposals for how they can use 5G terrestrial and space technology to boost the United Kingdom’s logistically businesses.
Drones to deliver coronavirus testing kits backed by UK Space Agency
UK Space Agency funding will be delegated to three new projects that have been designated to supporting space-enabled technologies and services that can support the NHS response to coronavirus. Science Minister Amanda Solloway has announced that the joint initiative between the UK Space Agency and European Space Agency (ESA) will utilise drones to deliver coronavirus testing kits to support vulnerable groups as part of the initiative. London-based mobility company Skyports will be collaborating with NHS Highland to utilise drones in the transportation of medical supplies and samples from a hospital on the Argyll and Bute mainland. In order to transport medical supplies to islands and medical practices further afield, a drone will use mobile connectivity, satellite communications and navigation, and Earth observation data to chart its course. The UK space industry is well-positioned to support the unparalleled national effort in the fight against Covid-19 and recover strongly from the global pandemic, utilising some of the most established in the field across the country.