comment on this article

£6million boost for UK space technology industry

£6million boost for UK space technology industry. Image courtesy of SSTL.

The government is to grant nearly £6million to co fund major new British research that will develop commercial products and services using space technology and data from space based systems.

The grant funding, which forms part of the National Space Technology Programme from the UK Space Agency and the Technology Strategy Board, will support four major R&D consortium projects to be led by Astrium, Avanti Communications, DMC International Imaging and Surrey Satellite Technology.

The total value of the R&D, including contributions from the participating companies, is said to be more than £11.5million. The portfolio of projects includes participation by 21 partner companies, universities and research organisations, including seven SMEs.

Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts said: "The UK space industry supports thousands of high tech jobs in the UK and is an important driver of economic growth. This £6million investment will build on that success by helping some of the most innovative British businesses develop highly commercial, cutting edge space technology that will be in demand in a growing global market."

The four projects will begin the development of the Next Generation Telecommunications satellite platform; develop a ruggedised and lightweight portable Ka-Band satcom terminal; prepare the way for the planned UK NovaSAR Synthetic aperture radar mission; and develop a system and service for measuring land carbon stocks and fluxes from Satellite Earth observation data.

Dr David Williams, chief executive of the UK Space Agency, commented: "These initial major projects springing out of the National Space Technology Programme are great examples of innovative and ambitious R&D in the UK space sector. By investing in these projects, we are securing our future national capability across the range of vital applications and services that space technology can provide."

Laura Hopperton

Comment on this article

This material is protected by Findlay Media copyright See Terms and Conditions. One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team.

Enjoy this story? People who read this article also read...

What you think about this article:

Add your comments


Your comments/feedback may be edited prior to publishing. Not all entries will be published.
Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.

Related Articles

Smart and safe

The IoT Security Foundation (IoTSF) has been set up to ensure that smart ...

Seeking synergy

In a move intended to speed time to market for IoT and other embedded ...

Future memories

Developers of memory devices of all types have generally been the first ...

Please Do Not Touch

Just a few years ago Touch revolutionised input: mechanical buttons, keyboards ...

Circuit protection

Circuit protection is designed as an intentional weak link which can combat ...

It’s showtime!

It wasn’t too long ago that attending exhibitions had fallen out of favour with ...

A focus on quality

This time last year Smiths Group was celebrating 100 years as a listed company ...