UK scientists take step closer to revealing origins of our galaxy

Astronomers have today taken a meteoric leap closer to discovering how our solar system began, unveiling the most detailed atlas of the Milky Way in history. UK researchers, backed by funding from the UK Space Agency, produced a precise 3D map of our Milky Way Galaxy using the cosmic treasure trove of data collected from the Gaia satellite, known…

UKspace Report: Securing Our Future in Space

A new report commissioned by UKspace shows £270 billion of UK economic output is now dependent on data from non-UK satellites. Entitled ‘Securing Our Future in Space’, the publication sets out three actions to secure the UK’s future in space. Download Securing Our Future in Space (PDF) The policy action we…

Teledyne e2v to supply Infrared detector for TRUTHS Climate Change Satellite

Teledyne e2v, part of the Teledyne Imaging Group, will supply infrared detectors for the UK-led climate change TRUTHS mission. The Traceable Radiometry Underpinning Terrestrial and Helio Studies (TRUTHS) mission aims to establish an SI-traceable space-based climate and calibration observing system to improve confidence in climate-change forecasts, often referred to as…

Government-backed 5G facility to be built in Oxfordshire

UK businesses will be able to tap into the potential of 5G and satellite technology as a new testing facility is being created. The engineering hub, set to be built by the IT and business consultancy CGI at the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire, is being backed by over £3 million…

Ocean mapping satellite to help UK scientists tackle climate change

A Government-backed satellite that will allow UK scientists to measure sea level rise – one of the biggest threats posed by climate change – is set to launch on a SpaceX rocket tomorrow from Vandenberg, California. In the past two decades, space has played an increasingly crucial role in efforts to monitor and…

Plans to set up Space Command an important step for UK resilience

Plans to establish the UK’s own Space Command will “further enhance coordination of the UK military and commercial space operations” according to space industry association UKspace. During an announcement about increased UK defence spending over the next four years, the Prime Minister said that the new Space Command – which…

Government opens consultation on definition of the space sector

The government has opened a consultation and is eager to hear from the space sector on its new National Security Investment bill. The Bill would allow the government to scrutinise and intervene in business transactions, such as takeovers, to protect national security, while providing businesses and investors with the certainty…

Astroscale announces March 2021 launch date for world’s first Commercial Active Debris Removal Demonstration Mission

ELSA-d is the first mission to demonstrate the core technologies necessary for space debris docking and removal, a major step towards expanding on-orbit services and achieving Astroscale’s vision of safe and sustainable space for the benefit of future generations. Astroscale Holdings Inc. (“Astroscale”), the market-leader in securing long-term orbital sustainability,…