The new UK Space Agency now has its own website and the old British National Space Centre (BNSC) URL re-directs to the new site, which is essentially the BNSC site with a new logo. A comment on the realities of the agency perhaps?
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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?
After much fanfare today at the launch of the UK Space Agency’s name and an announcement of £40 million going towards the International Science and Innovation Centre (ISIC) the centre’s future is already in doubt
Hyperbola is hearing that the UK’s new space agency will be called Her Majesty’s Space Agency, the name proposed by the Labour government’s minister for space Lord Paul Drayson of Kensington
Hyperbola is guessing that the reformed British National Space Centre that is getting no more money and has the pleasure of being based in Swindon is to be called UK Space Agency and not the James Bond-like Her Majesty’s Space Agency that has been touted by space minister Lord Paul Drayson of Kensington. This is what appeared in my inbox this morning or more accurately at 22:23h GMT last night…
By delaying entry to programmes and funding in an ad-hoc manner, the UK has lost both the best industrial work and the ability to influence programmes to best meet national needs. Examples include Galileo and the Global Monitoring Environment and Security programmes.
The UK government is to set up a leadership council for the spaceflight industry as it nears a decision on what to name its new space agency.
To be published on 10 February Hyperbola hears it could contain a goal of creating 100,000 jobs by 2020. A hundred thousand I hear you cry! Is this some UK version of the Constellation programme?
So no human spaceflight initiatives or re-engagement with launchers or even greater investment in robotic programmes is about to happen any time soon. Like the statements we heard about having an astronaut it is lots of positive goodwill but very little on the resource side
As part of the UK space exploration review report an economic study was undertaken of reusable launchers, namely Virgin Galactic’s air launched system, Reaction Engine’s single stage to orbit Skylon and Bristol Spaceplanes Ascender and Spacebus concepts
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