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UK Space Agency announces £50m for satellite comms
The UK Space Agency has announced £50 million of funding for ambitious and innovative projects that will supercharge the UK’s satellite communications industry.
Astronaut Tim Peake assumes ambassadorial role for space
The UK Space Agency has paid tribute to Tim Peake, following his decision to step down from the active European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut corps and assume an ambassadorial role for space.
First launch from the UK
On 9 January 2023, the first ever orbital launch attempt from UK soil took place by Virgin Orbit from Spaceport Cornwall.
First ever UK space launch could lift off next week
A bold new era for the UK space industry could start next week after partners announced the opening of the window for the first ever space launch from British soil.
New Year Honours recognition for space experts
Two leading lights from the space sector, including one from the UK Space Agency, have been recognised in the New Year Honours list 2023.
Satellite to measure Earth’s water levels blasts into space
A UK-backed mission, which will observe huge swathes of ocean and surface water in unprecedented detail, has launched into space.
Lift-off for launch technology with UK Space Agency funding
The UK Space Agency has announced £2.7 million for 13 early-stage technology projects across England, Scotland and Wales to support the growing satellite launch sector.
UK Space Agency & NNL work on first space battery
The UK Space Agency and the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) are to collaborate on the world’s first space battery powered by Americium-241.
Climate change instrument arrives at Harwell Space Cluster
A joint British and French satellite dedicated to monitoring atmospheric carbon dioxide has arrived in the UK where assembly and testing will be completed.
UK experiment to create materials for metal & medicine launches
A UK experiment to find new ways of creating materials to be used for medicines and metal alloys launched to the International Space Station (ISS).
New UK astronauts unveiled
The UK has a new career astronaut, a parastronaut and a reserve astronaut, following a rigorous selection process and record UK Space Agency investment in the European Space Agency (ESA).
Life-size replica rocket lands in London
A 72ft life-size replica of the first rocket that will launch from UK soil later this year went on display outside the Science Museum in London this weekend (15 and 16th October).
UK Space Agency invests £15m in satellite communications
UK Space Agency invests £15m in satellite communications. Science Minister Nusrat Ghani has unveiled a £15m fund for UK businesses to revolutionise satellite communications technology.
UK builds leadership in space debris removal and in-orbit manufacturing
Two UK-based companies are designing missions to clear hazardous space junk alongside the launch of a new programme to back cutting-edge space technology, the UK Space Agency has announced.
Kathy Bass, Director, presents UK Space Strategy's plans
Kathy Bass, Deputy Director of UK Space Strategy for BEIS, has highlighted the UK’s recent space progress and reaffirmed plans for the UK to be the first in Europe to launch a satellite into orbit later this year.
British-built satellite completes line-up for first launch from Spaceport Cornwall
A research satellite from RHEA Group, built by Open Cosmos, completes the line-up of satellites set to launch from Spaceport Cornwall this year.
Comet chaser mission moves from blueprint to reality
A new European Space Agency science mission, proposed by the UK, to 3D-map a comet for the first time has reached a major milestone.
Hampshire girl wins Blue Peter Competition to design satellite logo for first UK launch
Bethany Turner, from Alresford, appeared live on Friday’s (20th May) episode of Blue Peter, joining the presenters in the studio as her ‘Earth Sitter’ emblem was named the winner.
First UK satellite launch in summer 2022
As part of a three-year mission two satellites will operate close to Earth experimenting and test imaging and interoperability.
£100m boost for UK space sector
Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson underlined the government’s commitment to the UK space sector as he visited the future site of a new £100m government-funded satellite facility.