First UK satellite launch to take place in summer

The first satellite launch from the UK (and the first-ever launch of a commercial rocket from Western Europe) will take place this summer from Cornwall, Defence Procurement Minister Jeremy Quin has announced today.

Britain spending £1.4 billion on space defence

The bulk of the money will go to developing and launching a multi-satellite system, known as 'ISTARI', designed to perform global surveillance and intelligence gathering for British military operations.

First British ‘GPS style’ satellite to transmit test signal

The UK Space Agency-funded test project will deliver the first UK-generated satellite navigation signal.

Britain starts production Skynet 6A satellite

Skynet is a family of military communications satellites built for the United Kingdom.

New Zealand warships to exercise with British carrier

Royal New Zealand Navy frigate HMNZS Te Kaha and replenishment tanker HMNZS Aotearoa will sail with HMS Queen Elizabeth and her Carrier Strike Group.

UK spending £9.5m on Titania communications satellite

It is hoped that 'Titania' will "accelerate the development and adoption of space-based optical communications" for the British Armed Forces.

UK aims to become ‘meaningful player in space’

The UK is planning to establish a new Space Command by Summer 2021.

New UK satellite propulsion test facility to open

The new centre will allow UK companies and academics to fire up and test engines at up to 1.5kN in high-altitude vacuum, an equivalent test altitude of 140,000ft.

Plans advance for first orbital rocket launch from UK soil

The project, known as the 'UK Pathfinder Launch', will see a satellite launched into orbit from Scotland in 2022.

Britain and UN sign space sustainability agreement

It is hoped that the agreement will help nations ensure that "outer space remains safe and sustainable for future generations".



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