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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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MPs unite on the importance of the UK space industry
MPs have debated in the House of Commons on the future of the UK space industry, prodigiously agreeing on the importance of the sector. On Thursday, the deputy speaker called for “the man in the Irn-Bru mask, Owen Thompson” to open a debate on the future of the UK space industry.
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.
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.