Space, to a greater or lesser degree, will enable these transformations as the demand for data and connectivity skyrocket.
A National Space Programme will underpin the Government’s ambitions for the Industrial Strategy to deliver productivity gains and prosperity across the UK – and many initiatives are already underway.
The UK Space Sector is R&D intensive and the National Space Programme will focus on core areas of industrial and academic strength: Connectivity, Earth Observation, In-Space Robotics and Low Cost Access to Space.
Already employing 41,900 people, to deliver future growth, the UK Space sector needs to recruit and / or train an additional 30,000 employees. These people will need to be highly skilled in mathematics, physical sciences and engineering. The National Space Programme will co-ordinate efforts to attract the brightest and the best to Space.
The National Space Programme will continue to support and grow UK regional Space clusters building on local technical strengths and encouraging hi-tech companies to locate in clusters and develop a strong national ecosystem.
The National Space Programme will focus on making the UK the best place to establish and grow a Space business; a robust, domestic Space programme to run in tandem with, and benefit from, our ESA contributions. The SGP will continue to work closely with Government to implement the right regulatory environment (e.g. Space Industry Bill 2018) to attract inward investment and develop new global partnerships for science and exports.