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17 May 2023 - UK space strategy and UK satellite infrastructure - Oral evidence

Committee Science, Innovation and Technology Committee
Inquiry UK space strategy and UK satellite infrastructure

Wednesday 17 May 2023

Start times: 9:20am (private) 9:30am (public)


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Minister Freeman questioned on UK’s space launch prospects

The Science Minister George Freeman faces the Science, Innovation and Technology Committee in a hearing on the future of the UK space launch sector, following the failed satellite launch from Spaceport Cornwall and the collapse of Virgin Orbit.

Meeting details

At 9:30am: Oral evidence
Inquiry UK space strategy and UK satellite infrastructure
CEO at SaxaVord Spaceport
Launch Operations Manager at SaxaVord Spaceport
At 10:00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry UK space strategy and UK satellite infrastructure
CEO at HyImpulse Technologies
Chief Technical Officer at Orbex
At 10:45am: Oral evidence
Inquiry UK space strategy and UK satellite infrastructure
Head of Space Regulation at Civil Aviation Authority
Joint Chief Executive at Civil Aviation Authority
At 11:15am: Oral evidence
Inquiry UK space strategy and UK satellite infrastructure
Minister of State at Department for Science, Innovation and Technology
Director, Space Directorate at Department for Science, Innovation and Technology

MPs examine progress towards establishing vertical orbital launch facilities at SaxaVord Spaceport in the Shetland Islands and Sutherland Spaceport in North Scotland. The Committee also takes further evidence on the UK’s spaceflight licensing process after it was criticised for being difficult to navigate by Virgin Orbit and Space Forge in the Committee’s previous session examining the failed launch.

Following that session on 1 March, the Committee received a joint letter from Minister George Freeman and Minister Jesse Norman raising concerns about the criticisms as well as further written evidence on the licensing process.

Location

Room 6, Palace of Westminster

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