The biennial UK Space Conference was held this year at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre on the banks of the Clyde in Glasgow in July. During the conference, which was organised by the UK Space Agency, there was an emphasis on how innovation and enterprise could promote growth in the space industry. And the UK space industry’s ambition is […]
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UK Space Conference: Air-breathing rocket takes headlines but it is size of UK space ambition that is most breathtaking
As Canada loses its space agency head, the UK Space Agency gets a new one.Dr. David Parker has been appointed as the next Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency. He has been acting Chief Executive of the agency since December 2012, and will take up the role with immediate effect.
Having previously noted the relative success of the under-supported UK space industry which is now worth some £9.1 billion per annum, the UK government has sought to make amends by announcing that a further £60 million of spending per annum will be made available to the UK Space Agency.
It has been announced that the Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, David Williams, will be leaving in November to become Group Executive of Australia’s national science agency the Information Sciences at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
While your correspondent cannot call himself a huge fan of the game, by family tradition, he supports the London football team of Queens Park Rangers (QPR). Nevertheless, it was to his surpise, that, during one of his irregular trips to a very tense relegation avoidance match (against Stoke), that in between all the swearing and booing, the fans appeared to be chanting their support for the NASA’s now retired Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS). While it sounded like “Come on UARS!” in fact what they were actually chanting was “Come On You Rs!” (Rs is the nickname for Rangers).
The UK Government, via the UK Space Agency and the Technology Strategy Board, is to grant nearly £6 million to four projects as part of the National Space Technology Programme (NSTP). The funding is to be awarded to projects run by Astrium Ltd, Avanti Communications Ltd, DMC International Imaging Ltd and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.
Is it just this blog or is there just not much going on out there at the moment? Maybe it is the Christian festival of Easter that is slowing things down with all that related time off work?
It looks a bit like the old British Aerospace (now known as BAE Systems) logo to me but here it is and one wonders how many thousands of pounds did it cost to design? The logo is for an agency that will bring under it all the space projects related funding previously held by its predecessor the British National Space Centre “partnership”.
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