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UKSA (United Kingdom Space Agency) Launches Today (No Joke) April 1, 2010

Posted by Nick Azer in England, European Space Agency, Skylon, spaceplane, UK Space Agency.

Today, as previously announced about a week ago, the newly-formed United Kingdom Space Agency officially comes  in existence.

The UK has already been involved in a lot of space tech (satellites in particular), but organizing a true agency

“People in the UK are not aware of just how good Britain is both at space research and in terms of our space industry; [a space agency] is going to make people more aware of that.

But in practical terms, it’s going to make the decision-making by government in all aspects of space policy much more joined up, better co-ordinated – a single point within government which has responsibility for making sure that we get everything in alignment such that the space research we do, the space industry that we’re building, fulfils its true potential.” -Lord Drayson, British minister for science and innovation; ‘Muscular UK Space Agency Launched’, BBC News

They have a video up which is a great summary of what British space has done thus far, why an agency is forming now, and the interesting places it is going:

Of particular note is the spaceplane concept mentioned (Reaction Engines Limited’s SKYLON), as well as the noted focus on industry. It’s interesting to see a spaceplane already—a little concrete reminder that they are lifting off into the mainstream, and fast :)


1. brobof - April 1, 2010

“a spaceplane already”
SKYLON is the latest iteration of HOTOL. UK would have had a SSTO by now if it hadn’t been for Thatcher.

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