UK publishes National Space Policy
Monday December 14th, 2015
The Government is publishing the UK’s first ever National Space Policy – which it says will firmly place the UK on the global stage for future space programmes.
The new policy sets out the Government’s vision to capture a greater share of the world’s thriving space market.
Working across the UK in partnership with the rapidly growing sector, this One Nation policy will see ensure the UK seizes opportunities to deliver new business opportunities, create jobs and push the boundaries of our understanding of space.
Worth £11.8bn to the UK economy and supporting numerous vital services like disaster relief, defence and transport, the Government says it’s committed to growing the UK’s commercial space sector – with an ambition to capture 10% of the global market supporting 100,000 new jobs and generating £40bn for our economy by 2030.
The NSP commits to key principles in the government’s use of space: recognising that space is of strategic importance to the UK because of the value that space programmes deliver back to public services, national security, science and innovation and the economy; committing to preserving and promoting the safety and security of the unique space operating environment, free from interference; supporting the growth of a robust and competitive commercial space sector, underpinned by excellent academic research and finally, committing to cooperating internationally to create the legal frameworks for the responsible use of space and to collaborating with other nations to deliver maximum benefit from UK investment in space.
Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, Sajid Javid said:
“For decades mankind has dreamt of space travel and the final frontier, and from today the UK will trigger the next scientific and innovation revolution to turn science fiction in to science fact. Not only are we celebrating the launch of the first UK Government-backed astronaut, but our first ever space policy will build on the inspiration he provides to grow our burgeoning space industry and bring space back down to Earth.”
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