Skynet 6: Private sector innovation ‘critical’ to meeting UK defence SATCOM needs

Skynet 5, one of the most successful private finance initiative (PFI) investments made by the UK government, will end in 2022.

Orbex partners with SSTL for maiden launch at UK spaceport

Orbex has announced that it is partnering with UK based Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) to carry an experimental payload on its maiden flight from Scotland in 2021.

MoD invest £1 million in new space tech

The development of a new generation of pioneering British deployable satellite antennas has been boosted following a £1m MoD investment, according to the department.

China and the next Space Race

In 2003, China sent its first astronauts into orbit around the earth. The space race is on again.

Space based missile defence ‘an absolute must’ says Raytheon CEO

The new US strategy for defence against ballistic missile attack calls for advanced space based missile defence technologies in an era of escalating threats around the globe.

BAE awarded US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency contract

The US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has awarded BAE Systems a five-year, $250 million contract to continue providing Full-Motion Video (FMV) advanced analytic services, training, and intelligence production support.

British engines propel spacecraft on its way to Mercury

Four QinetiQ T6 Gridded Ion Thrusters will power two science orbiters – the Mercury Planetary Orbiter and Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter – on their seven year journey to gather more knowledge about Mercury.

UK space industry welcomes Government investment into new satellite navigation system

UKspace fully endorses the Government’s plans to undertake a major feasibility study into the development of a British Global Navigation Satellite System.

UK radar satellite to be launched to monitor shipping activity

The first all-British radar satellite is set to go into orbit later to monitor suspicious shipping activity.

How the Great Power competition is extending into space

The US president’s proposal for a Space Force earlier this summer included a statement that China and Russia cannot be allowed to make further gains in space at America’s expense.



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