Spacewalk to fit ground-breaking British kit to International Space Station

Scientists in UK and Europe will benefit from faster transmissions of key data from space Two astronauts will today undertake a spacewalk to install a revolutionary piece of government-funded technology on the International Space Station (ISS), marking the UK’s first major industrial contribution to the spacecraft. Called ColKa for ‘Columbus…

UN and UK sign agreement to promote space sustainability

International efforts to protect future space activity have been given a boost thanks to a new partnership between the UN and the UK government.  The agreement will help nations ensure that outer space remains safe and sustainable for future generations. The increasing complexity of space missions, the emergence of large constellations…

UK biomining experiment back home after demonstration on board the ISS

Building on experimental hardware developed by Kayser Space for the successful ESA BIOROCK mission, BioAsteroid was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on board SpaceX 21 on 6 December 2020. The automatic culturing devices have been incubated in the KUBIK ISS facility for three weeks, where the bacteria grew…

Satellite-powered app to spot loneliness in hotspots in UK cities

A government-backed app that aims to tackle loneliness by helping socially isolated and vulnerable people to connect with their communities and access vital support services, has been adopted by Leeds City Council. The satellite-enabled Care View application tackles social isolation and loneliness in urban areas by enlisting the help of…

UK Space Agency CEO to step down

Graham Turnock, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, has announced he will leave his role in 2021. Following a four-year term leading the Agency, which delivers the UK’s civil space programme, Graham will step down from his position this year. Recruitment for his successor will begin soon, and an…

Skyrora reveals new UK-built vehicle in live test

On 23 December 2020, the Skyrora test and flight operations team performed one of their most important test campaigns to date, a full upper stage static fire test, at their engine development complex in Fife, Scotland. This historic event represents yet another significant milestone in the Edinburgh-based rocket manufacturer’s development…

New funding for innovative space tech to help solve problems on Earth

Space tech that could make buildings more energy efficient, reduce the carbon emissions of ships and help preserve important historical sites are among new projects to receive government funding today. Through the UK Space Agency, the government is giving a cash injection to five projects specifically designed to bring together…

France-UK climate mission moves one step closer

Two major subsystems of a joint France-UK space mission to combat climate change, by measuring carbon dioxide concentrations, have been delivered from the UK to Toulouse. Due for launch in 2022, the mission will monitor and map sources and ‘sinks’ of carbon gases, as well as supporting the Space Climate…