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UK Space Agency

Saleh Ahmed

Assistant Director, UK Space Agency


Uk space agency
UK Space Agency

The UK Space Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Business,

Innovation and Skills (BIS) and is at the heart of UK efforts to explore and

benefit from space.

The UK Space Agency was launched officially on 23 March 2010 and became an

executive agency of BIS on 1 April 2011. The Agency is responsible for all strategic

decisions on the UK civil space programme and provides a clear, single voice for UK

space ambitions.

The UK Space Agency:

  • co-ordinates UK civil space activity;

  • supports academic research;

  • nurtures the UK space industry;

  • raises the profile of UK space activities at home and abroad;

  • works to increase understanding of space and its practical benefits; and

  • inspires our next generation of UK scientists and engineers.


An evolving UK space sector

  • Framework for strategic engagement with Space for Growth

  • Industry-led strategy to grow the sector over 20 years (‘Space IGS’) – The Space Agency

    • Goal to win 10% of £400B global market by 2030

  • Technology Strategy Board

  • Establishment of an ESA presence in the UK

  • Creation of the International Space Innovation Centre at Harwell ISIC

  • Satellite Applications Catapult Centre

  • National Centre for Earth Observation NCEO


Growth: the key to the UK Space sector

9% growth per annum for a decade

Source: The Size and Health of the UK Space Industry’ (November 2010), Oxford Economics


Global space economy forecast to be 375 billion per annum by 2019
Global space economy forecast to be $375 billion per annum by 2019

Source: Andrew Davies, Sunwynd Ltd, for IGS Mid Life Update Summer 2011


Purpose of UK Space Agency by 2019

  • Ensures that the UK retains and grows a strategic space capability in:

    • manufacturing & systems

    • services

    • technologies

    • applications

    • science

  • Acts to sustain the:

    • economic growth

    • scientific excellence

    • societal benefits

  • of the UK civil space sector.


Policy and Programme Priorities by 2019

  • Telecoms and navigation

  • New applications for Government and business

  • Exploit investment in Galileo

  • National space policy

  • European space policy

  • Global partnerships

  • Technology

  • Education, Skills & Outreach

  • ESA exploration & science missions

  • robotic exploration for science , technology and inspiration

  • UK in a global framework

  • Commercial exploitation and deliver policy from EO data & analysis

  • Exploit Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES)


Fp 7 6 th call
FP 7 - 6 by 2019th Call

  • Announced in July, deadline 21 November

  • Linking research and innovation, bridging to Horizon 2020

  • €126m budget


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6 by 2019th Call content

  • GMES – (€59m)

  • Climate change

  • Downstream service stimulation

  • Remote sensing methods 

  • Integration of satcomms and satnav with space-based observing systems


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6 by 2019th Call Content

(2) Space Foundations (€51m)

  • space science and exploration data exploitation

  • Earth-analogue research

  • Critical technologies for non-dependence

  • reducing the vulnerability of assets

    • Space-weather

    • in-orbit collisions avoidance

      (3) Cross-cutting (€16m)

    • “Spin-out” of space technologies

    • Cooperation with third countries (China, Ukraine)


UK Space Agency by 2019

[email protected]

http://www.bis.gov.uk/ukspaceagency


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