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UK space strategy and UK satellite infrastructure

Inquiry

The UK space sector holds great potential, generating an income of £14.8 billion annually according to the Government’s Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy. Nevertheless, it has been suggested that the UK’s approach to space policy requires a rethink. Further, investment in UK lags behind that of other nations such as France and Italy, who spend between five and ten times more on their national space sectors. 

The Government has established a new National Space Council as a Cabinet Committee and has promised to publish a new UK Space Strategy. The Government has made steps to improve its satellite infrastructure through the joint acquisition of OneWeb and the completion of consultations relating to the legislation required to allow spaceflight (including satellite launch) in the UK.  

A coordinated approach to supporting the UK’s thriving space sector must also be viewed through the lens of recovery from the impacts of covid-19 and the UK’s departure from the European Union. The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee is conducting an inquiry into a new UK Space Strategy and UK Satellite Infrastructure.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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Oral evidence transcripts

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10 February 2022
Inquiry UK space strategy and UK satellite infrastructure
Witnesses Professor Malcolm Macdonald (Chair of Applied Space Technology at University of Strathclyde), and Professor Iain Woodhouse (Professor of Applied Earth Observation at University of Edinburgh)
Committees Science and Technology Committee
Oral Evidence
9 February 2022
Inquiry UK space strategy and UK satellite infrastructure
Witnesses Paul Bate (CEO at UK Space Agency), Mark Thomson (Executive Chair at Science and Technology Facilities Council), Hugo Robson (Chief Negotiator at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Kwasi Kwarteng (Secretary of State at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), and Rebecca Evernden (Director for Space at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
Committees Science and Technology Committee
Oral Evidence
12 January 2022
Inquiry UK space strategy and UK satellite infrastructure
Witnesses Josef Aschbacher (Director General at European Space Agency), Dr Hiroshi Yamakawa (President at Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), Dr Philippe Baptiste (President at Centre national d'études spatiales—French National Space and Research Centre), Tim Johnson (Director of Strategy & Policy at Civil Aviation Authority), and Colin Macleod (Head of UK Space Regulation at Civil Aviation Authority)
Committees Science and Technology Committee
Oral Evidence
SPA0104 - UK space strategy and UK satellite infrastructure
Witnesses Magdrive
Committees Science and Technology Committee
Written Evidence
SPA0103 - UK space strategy and UK satellite infrastructure
Witnesses Border Consulting Ltd
Committees Science and Technology Committee
Written Evidence
SPA0102 - UK space strategy and UK satellite infrastructure
Witnesses Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Committees Science and Technology Committee
Written Evidence

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