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FARNBOROUGH: UK is seen as teacher in space growth quest as Roscosmos gets advice from SpaceX

12 Jul 2012, 18:06 UTC
FARNBOROUGH: UK is seen as teacher in space growth quest as Roscosmos gets advice from SpaceX
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The Minister of State for Universities and Science, the Rt Hon David Willetts MP used the Farnborough International Air Show to announce the new ‘Civil Space Strategy’ setting out the direction for the UK space sector over the next four years. With the UK space sector growing at 7.5% growth remains the aim for the UK Space Agency. Other space agencies were taking note. The Director General of the European Space Agency, Jean-Jacques Dordain, said that he was learning from the United Kingdom with respect to “taking competitive lessons” adding that it was the “right time for ESA to go for competitiveness and growth”.
During the same press conference focusing on enterprise and cooperation, after which a cooperation agreement between the UK-based International Space Innovation Centre (ISIC) and Russian Skolkovo technology development foundation was signed, the head of the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin, noted via a translation via an interpreter, his appreciation of private space activity. However Popovkin seemed cooler on those space firms planning space tourism trips around the Moon, noting that they may not have the funds to perform such missions – even if they were planning to offer the seats at a price of ...

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