…meanwhile over in merry old England a new space age dawns

by | Jan 20, 2010 | Seradata News | 0 comments

as we await the outcome of the space innovation and growth team (aka Space IGT) report that is to set out a 20-year vision for the UK spaceflight industry

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 super ambitious UK version of NASA’s Constellation programme? No, that is 100,000 jobs in both the upstream, i.e. satellite and ground segment manufacturers, and downsteam, i.e. space based service companies, sectors

Downstream space based service companies I hear you ask? Yes the UK space “industry” is a wide enough definition that service providers are included. And that is where most of those jobs will be created

If you weren’t able to make it, yesterday (19 January) saw the one-day (we only need one) A New Space Age for Britain: The Future of Britain’s Space Economy event held by Inside Government in central London. This is where Hyperbola heard about such dramatic developments as 100,000 job goals and moreThis blogger also heard that the draft Space IGT report given to the minister of state for science and innovation (and space) Lord Paul Drayson of Kensington (we like our parliamentary titles to be impressive) before year’s end has changed substantially since

Pour quoi? Well international reader it is not entirely clear at the moment but a member of the Space IGT team did tell this blog that the five year projection for the report’s vision had been easy while the ten to twenty year path was turning out to be somewhat more challenging – EADS Astrium meanwhile seems more confidence in its future with a 19 January announcement about plans for space based solar power

This blog is impressed even a five year projection has been accomplished what with a general election expected on 6 May and a change in government predicted, ousting the Labour party administration and returning the Conservative party to office after 13-years

And its an electoral situation made more ambiguous because at the moment the UK political parties seem to be competing to lose the election by admitting to the need for imminent deep cuts in government run services and worse still, hikes on beer and wine taxes – c’est ne pas possible!

Long time pro-space parliamentarian Ian Taylor (Member for Esher and Walton) spoke at the conference and confidently told the audience that a Conservative government would support a UK space agency. Who’d have thought a politician would tell an audience what they want to hear? But more interestingly he said that UK industry should expect this new government to “pump prime”, rather than fully fund I guess, “your space programme” as Taylor put it. Meaning if you can find a market for it, we’ll give you some cash for it

The Space IGT report will follow the British National Space Centre’s (BNSC) Space Exploration Review or as the BNSC’s civil servants like to call it, mini-Augustine (Oh how we chuckled). It had options like the Norman Augustine led Review of US human spaceflight plans and the fourth one was for a full blown UK astronauts and robot participation in an international exploration endeavour

Speaking at yesterday’s new space age conference the University of Leicester’s professor Ken Pounds said the BNSC’s option four would cost £1 billion ($1.6 billion) over ten years. If Taylor is right about his party’s possible future government policy UK industry better hope someone finds some Martians that want satellite telly…

About Seradata

Seradata produce the renowned SpaceTrak Launch & Satellite Database. Trusted by 100 of the world’s leading Space organisations, SpaceTrak is a fully queryable database used for market analysis, failure/risk assessment, spectrum analysis and space situational awareness (SSA).

For more information go to www.seradata.com/spacetrak

Related Articles

Tianwen 1 mission’s Zhurong-1 Mars rover may have expired in its sleep

SpaceNews reports (quoting the South China Morning Post) that the Zhurong 1 Mars rover as part of the Tianwen 1 Read more

Tom Cruise may have saved cinema industry with Top Gun-Maverick but he has even higher movie plans with space station studio module now ordered

While action film actor Tom Cruise has his detractors, you cannot say he is not successful. Recently starring in the Read more

China deploys 14 satellites on Long March-2D rocket

The Chinese sent 14 new satellites into orbit on a Long March-2D/2 (CZ-2D/2) rocket at 0314 GMT on 15 January. Read more

Falcon Heavy launches USSF-67 two satellite payload on way to GEO with its two boosters landed for future launches (Corrected)

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy Block 5 (px) rocket successfully lifted off from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA at 2256 GMT Read more

Events on International Space Station: Dragon CRS-26 departs as do some cubesats

Events on the International Space Station have been more muted after the excitement of the Soyuz MS-22 coolant leak. On Read more

Long March 2D launches Yaogan-37 remote sensing sat plus Shiyan-22A &-22B technology test types – this time logged on right launch

A Long March 2D (CZ-2D) rocket lifted off from Jiuquan at 0700 GMT on 13 January 2023. Aboard were three Read more

Long March 2C launches small GEO comsat APSTAR 6E HTS using a “Kick Stage”

China's Long March 2C/3 (CZ-2C/3) rocket has been modified with a additional kick stage attached to the satellite to launch Read more

Soyuz MS-23 to replace leak-damaged Soyuz MS-22 for crew return

Following a radiator leak on 15 December, Roscosmos, in agreement with NASA and other International Space Station (ISS) partners, have Read more

Categories

Archives