Roscosmos, UKSA Sign Cooperation Agreement

UKSA PR — Head of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Vladimir Popovkin and David Williams, CEO of the UK Space Agency, have signed an agreement today outlining cooperation in the area of space activities.

The signing of the document was the result of discussions held in London on 13 July to promote continued collaboration within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations signed on 21 July 2010.

Potential areas of co-operation include the establishment of a working group of Russian and British space experts, agreement to review GLONASS application issues, as well as the potential to carry out microgravity experiments on the International Space Station.

On 14 July 2011, the Russian and British delegations attended the unveiling of the Yuri Gagarin statue outside of the British Council’s headquarters in London which is a gift from the Russian Federal Space Agency to the British Council to mark the 50th Anniversary of the first manned space flight in 1961.

David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, said: “The statue unveiled today is a fitting memorial to a true pioneer of our time, and also serves as an emblem to the greater collaboration with the Russian space agency agreed during my visit to Moscow earlier this year. The UK Russia Year of Space will see our countries working together on exciting research and education projects, and I hope this statue further inspires our next generation of space scientists.”