11 April 2012 £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." Author Laura Hopperton Comment on this article Websites http://www.bis.gov.uk/ukspaceagencyhttp://www.innovateuk.org/ Companies Innovate UK 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... Arrow buys Nu Horizons Arrow is buying Nu Horizons in an all cash deal which values the ... Read Article Claire Jeffreys, NEW Claire Jeffreys, events director, National Electronics Week, ... Read Article NIDays 2013 NIDays is a technical conference designed specifically for ... Read Article Southern Manufacturing This year, Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is set to be ... Read Article What you think about this article: Add your comments Name Email 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.