UK Incubator Boosts Funding for 4 Business Incubators

SWINDON, UK (UKSA PR) — The UK Space Agency has announced £200,000 ($267,000) of funding for 4 new business incubators to boost the number of start-up companies in the space sector across the UK.

The incubators, in Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Leicestershire and London, will provide world-class science innovation support for entrepreneurs and small businesses to help grow the UK space industry.

The funding follows the launch of the government’s Industrial Strategy, which includes a £50 million programme to enable new satellite launch services and low gravity spaceflights from UK spaceports, to boost the economy and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

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UK Space Launch Program Receives £50 Million Boost in Government’s Industrial Strategy

LONDON (UKSA PR) — A £50 million [$66.7 million] programme to enable new satellite launch services and low gravity spaceflights from UK spaceports will boost the economy and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Business Secretary Greg Clark announced the plans today (Monday 27 November) as he launched the Government’s ambitious Industrial Strategy. This sets out a long-term vision for how Britain can build on its economic strengths, address its productivity performance, embrace technological change and support businesses and workers.

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UK Space Agency Boosts Business Incubators

SWINDON, England (UKSA PR) — The UK Space Agency has announced an extra £90,000 [$119,872] of funding for three of its successful business incubation centres.

The money will go to centres in Nottingham, Leicester and Durham, which support entrepreneurs and small companies in the space industry.

The UK Space Agency is working with UK industry to deliver world-class science innovation support, in line with the Government’s Industrial Strategy, which emphasises the importance of science, innovation and skills.

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University of Surrey to Lead new £29 Million AI and Robotics Space Hub

SURREY, England (University of Surrey PR) — The University of Surrey is set to lead the country’s efforts in breakthrough, space-focused artificial intelligence and robotics research, thanks to a new £29million [$38.3 million] hub.

The Future AI and Robotics for Space (FAIR-SPACE) Hub will be funded through a £6.7 million [$8.85 million] grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the UK Space Agency (UKSA), as well as £22.3 million [29.47 million] from over twenty space organisations.

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UK Space Agency Launch Tour ’17

SWINDON, England (UKSA PR) — The UK Space Agency is touring the country with industry workshops and public open evenings on LaunchUK – the campaign to enable small satellite rocket launches and sub-orbital flights from UK spaceports.

The Government wants to make the UK a world-leading destination for companies offering launch services. New legislation to regulate launch is currently before Parliament and in early 2018 the UK Space Agency will announce the outcome of its call for grant proposals to achieve low cost access to space. In total 26 proposals were submitted to the call, and the UK Space Agency is currently considering grant applications to support the first launches from UK soil.

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Bids for Government Funding Prove Strong Interest in LaunchUK

Summary

  • 26 proposals were submitted in response to the call
  • Proposals came from spaceports all over the UK, working with vehicle operators from the UK, other European nations and the US
  • Multiple proposals have been recommended for further consideration, to ensure any grant funding delivers the best outcome for the UK

SWINDON, England (UKSA PR) — The number of responses for government funding to support UK spaceflight has highlighted a strong interest in the UK commercial market for small satellite launch and sub-orbital flight. The UK Space Agency’s call for grant proposals to establish initial launch capability in the UK has now concluded, with a number of options being recommended for consideration.

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UK Government Commits £100 Million for New Satellite Facility

HARWELL, UK (UKSA PR) — Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson underlined the government’s commitment to the UK space sector today as he visited the future site of a new £100m [$128 million] state-of-the-art government-funded satellite facility.

  • £99m [$116 million] of government funding for a National Satellite Testing Facility on the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire
  • additional £4m [$5 million] announced for a National Space Propulsion Facility to develop and test space engines
  • space sector forms a key part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy to spread economic growth across the UK

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Consortium Eyes Scottish Peninsula for Spaceport

The UK is going all cuckoo for Cocao Puffs over spaceports. Everybody seems to want one, raising the possibility the nation will repeat America’s experience of having too many spaceports without enough vehicles to launch from them.

In any event, the latest candidate to surface involves a remote peninsula in the Scottish Highlands.

A consortium that includes Lockheed Martin, the US aerospace firm, believes that the A’Mhoine peninsula, between Dounreay and Cape Wrath, is the best location in Britain for a spaceport facility.

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UK Space Industry Bill Introduced

SWINDON, UK (UKSA PR) — The Space Industry Bill has been introduced into the House of Lords, marking the first step in the process to create new laws and a regulatory framework to enable exciting new technologies to operate safely from the UK.

The Bill, which was outlined in the Queen’s Speech, is a clear signal of the UK’s commitment to enabling commercial spaceflight from UK spaceports, and a key part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy to ensure the UK businesses capture a share of this emerging global market.

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UK Unveils Spaceport Laws


LONDON (Department of Transport PR) — British scientists will be able to fly to the edge of space to conduct vital medical experiments under new powers unveiled this week.

Laws paving the way for spaceports in the UK will allow ‎experiments to be conducted in zero gravity which could help develop medicines.

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Critics Pan UK Government’s Commercial Spaceflight Spending Plan

The British government’s plan to provide £10 million ($12.5 million) in grants “to incentivise the commercial spaceflight market” is seen by proponents as a crucial step in boosting the nation’s space industry. However, it hasn’t gone over well with everyone.

But the government immediately came under fire from Liberal Democrats, who said space travel would only be enjoyed by a ‘handful of extremely wealthy people’.

Jenny Randerson, Liberal Democrat shadow transport secretary said: ‘This £10m shows just how out of touch the Government really are.

‘Only a handful of extremely wealthy people would consider space tourism an option.

‘And while people are struggling with the current infrastructure here on earth the Government should take a reality check.

‘Improving our railways and are roads with this cash would be money much more wisely spent.’

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UK Announces £10 Million in Commercial Space Grants

SWINDON, England (UKSA PR) — Government launches £10 million scheme to incentivise the commercial spaceflight market.

  • Draft legislation to enable spaceflight from the UK by 2020 to be published within weeks
  • The global space market is worth an estimated £25 billion over the next 20 years

Grants worth £10 million are being made available to help develop commercial launch capability for spaceflight, Science Minister Jo Johnson announced today. The funding comes as the government announced the timeline for new legislation which will facilitate and regulate commercial spaceflight.

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exactEarth Awarded Project with UK Space Agency

exactEarth_solid_colorHARWELL, England (exactEarth PR) – exactEarth Europe Limited, a UK subsidiary of exactEarth Ltd (TSX: XCT), the leading provider of Satellite AIS data services, has been awarded a £1.1 million grant from the UK Space Agency (UKSA) under its ‘International Partnerships Programme’ (IPP). The IPP funding will support the operational deployment of exactEarth’s Satellite AIS-based small vessel tracking technology “exactTrax” to improve safety of life at sea (SOLAS) for South Africa’s small boat owners and operators – in particular the artisanal fishing sector. As such exactEarth Europe will be working closely on the project with the ‘South African Maritime Safety Authority’ (SAMSA) and South Africa’s ‘National Sea Rescue Institute’ (NSRI).

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