My Vision for UKspace – Creating a Modern Space Power

As Nick Shave takes up his new appointment as Chair of UKspace today, he outlines his vision for UKspace in helping the UK become a modern space power. I write this blog on the day that the Terms of Reference and membership of the National Space Council has been published…

Nick Shave appointed Chair of UKspace

Nick Shave, who takes over today as Chair of UKspace, the trade association of the UK space industry, has described space as a “critical strategic asset for the nation” and called for “even greater collaboration between the space industry and Government as a new National Space Strategy is developed.” Nick,…

Astronaut Tim Peake Joins Skyrora’s Advisory Board

Space rocket company Skyrora has announced the addition of British astronaut, Tim Peake to its advisory board. The experience Tim has gained as a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, former International Space Station (ISS) crew member, and British Army Air Corps officer will be invaluable to Skyrora as the company…

Airbus innovative payload to launch on Faraday-1 satellite

An Airbus developed next generation retaskable software defined radio payload, Prometheus 1, will be launched on the Faraday-1 cubesat from New Zealand on 3 July. The Faraday-1 mission is part of In-Space Missions Ltd’s in-orbit demonstration programme. Prometheus 1 is a software defined radio, connected to a 400 MHz UHF…

In-Space launches first in a series of Innovative Smallsat Missions

In-Space Missions, a UK SME based in Bordon, Hampshire, is preparing for launch of its pioneering mission Faraday-1, the first in a series of satellites that will provide a turnkey service for commercial customers and research organisations wanting to access to space at a competitive and affordable cost Faraday-1 will…

UKspace welcomes addition of National Space Council to Cabinet Committees

UKspace has welcomed the Government’s announcement today that the National Space Council is now listed as one of the Cabinet Committees. The National Space Council’s objective is to “consider issues concerning prosperity, diplomacy and national security in, through and from Space, as part of coordinating overall Government policy.” Its members…

Airbus and ESA sign agreement to continue ISS operations

The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed an annual renewal contract with Airbus on continuing the operation and use of European components on the International Space Station (ISS). The contract is worth around €16 million. For astronauts conducting research on the ISS, it is essential that all systems function reliably….

Happy birthday Sentinel-2A: Five Years of Environmental Insights

Sentinel-2A has orbited Earth more than 26,000 times – and travelled nearly 1.2 billion kilometers in its quest to help us better understand and manage our environment. Since its launch on 23 June 2015 the Airbus-built Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite has been delivering high-resolution optical imagery for many services and applications…

New US-UK agreement boosts UK’s spaceport plans

The UK and US governments have signed a new agreement paving the way for US companies to operate from UK spaceports and export space launch technology. UK Ambassador Dame Karen Pierce and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non-proliferation, Christopher Ford, signed the US-UK Technology Safeguards Agreement,…