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UKSpace Praises Government’s Plan to Establish Space Command

27 Nov 2020, 16:37 UTC
UKSpace Praises Government’s Plan to Establish Space Command
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BORDON, UK (UKspace PR) — 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 will be a joint services command of the Ministry of Defence, to be established at a Royal Air Force (RAF) base – will protect the UK’s interests in space and control the UK’s first satellite launched from a UK rocket by 2022.

This follows an address by the Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, earlier this week at the Defence Space Conference, in which he said the government has “now recognised space as an operational domain, driving the development of capabilities to increase resilience and competitiveness” and that they’re “working very closely with the UK Space Agency to create a National Space Operations capability which will improve the way we share data.”

Will Whitehorn, President of UKSpace and non executive director on the RAF Main Board, said: “I am delighted Space Command is to be established and have long argued for it in order to bolster the ...

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