While the UK Space Agency basks in the plaudits and adulation received recently both from the UK Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee and from other independent commentators, it hopes to maintain the momentum as it publishes its latest plan for future growth.
The Space Innovation and Growth Strategy 2014-2030 report notes recent achievements including a 33% increase in optional funding for European Space Agency communications and Earth observation programmes, a new national space technology strategy backed by £35 million in funding, new research centres formed at Harewll including the Satellite Applications Catapult centre and ESA’s establishement of a new European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications.
That was not all. A further £140 million in funding has been provided for new groundbreaking research including a new space radar satellite system called NovaSAR made by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited and ground-breaking research into air-breathing rocket engines at Reaction Engines Limited (note the writer of this article has a small financial interest in Reaction Engines Limited). The agency has been involved in promoting the jointly developed TechDemoSat which is to demonstrate new British technologies in orbit after its launch in 2014.
In addition a new technology strategy board, a National Space ...