U.K.-based Skyrora has unveiled plans to host a suborbital test flight in the fourth quarter of 2018. As part of its strategy to meet the rising demand for small satellite launches in a cost-effective manner, the company aims to set up a facility to launch smallsats from Scotland.
A 99 million pound ($132 million) satellite test facility to be built at the U.K.’s Harwell Campus should bring more business to the space hub here and ensure Britain’s satellite manufacturers can carry on without disruption post-Brexit, according to Chris Mutlow, director of RAL Space, the space division of the U.K. state-run Rutherford Appleton Laboratory here.
The U.K. plans to become a haven for space startups from all over the world as it aims to grow its space industry to control 10 percent of the global market by 2030.
The Cold Atom Space Payload mission “will create a new wave of space applications,” according to Craig Clark, Clyde Space chief executive.
Officials warned that the UK's impending exit from the EU would require the country to negotiate a new deal to remain part of Galileo.
The UK Space Agency said the grants are worth up to £10 million ($12.5 million) but launches must begin by 2020.
The British vote to leave the European Union may occur gradually over two years but raises multiple immediate questions about the consequences for Europe’s space programs and Britain’s role in them.
The U.S. government policy prohibiting even the most banal U.S.-built widget from being launched aboard Chinese rockets may seem like yesterday’s news in Washington, but it is still a live issue in Europe.
Twelve years ago, Britain revolutionized the process of purchasing military satellite telecommunications by outsourcing it all to the private sector. Now it appears about to return to conventional procurement for its follow-on satellites.
Stephanie McClellan, reporting for Imperative Space, interviews some of the key players announcing significant partnerships at this year's UK Space Conference, including Ismael Lopez, Managing Director of Deimos Space on their recent agreement with Urthecast, and Magali Vaissiere from the ESA on the new Quantum platform.
Craig Clark, founder and CEO of Scotland’s Clyde Space Ltd., gives his views on the small satellite market and innovations like OneWeb’s planned mega-constellation venture.
The British government has agreed to limit the liability of U.K.-licensed satellite operators in an attempt to encourage growth in Britain’s commercial space sector.
A British venture-capital company has secured cash investment from five European space-hardware and services companies to launch a venture capital fund to invest in promising European – mainly British – start-up space companies.