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UK space missions: case studies and programmes

The UK Space Agency funds a variety of space missions and programmes. This collection lists programme information and mission case studies.

Earth observation case studies

This section lists missions that help us understand and monitor how our planet is changing. Data from these missions helps support environmental management and aid efforts.

Earth observation strategy 2013 to 2016.

  1. NovaSAR

    • Case study
  2. Sentinel-1A

    • Case study

Science and exploration case studies

This is a list of space missions that the UK Space Agency invests in, ranging from the monitoring and study of our Solar system to robotic or manned spaceflight. Our participation in the majority of these missions is through our investment in the European Space Agency.

  1. BepiColombo

    • Case study
  2. Euclid

    • Case study
  3. ExoMars

    • Case study
  4. Gaia

    • Case study
  5. Herschel

    • Case study
  6. InSight: the Mars robotic lander

    • Case study
  7. James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

    • Case study
  8. Jupiter icy moon explorer (JUICE)

    • Case study
  9. LISA Pathfinder

    • Case study
  10. Planck

    • Case study
  11. Rosetta

    • Case study
  12. Solar Orbiter

    • Case study
  13. Solar heliospheric observatory (SOHO)

    • Case study
  14. UKube-1

    • Case study

Space for Smarter Government

The Space for Smarter Government Programme (SSGP) is a UK Space Agency programme that was established in 2014. The programme is one of the pathways to growth outlined in the UK Civil Space Strategy and Space Growth Action Plan. It is a government led and funded programme but is delivered in close collaboration with the Satellite Applications Catapult.

The programme is growing and has an ambitious cross-cutting vision to transform the way the public sector uses satellite enabled data, technology and services. The programme aims to inspire and enable UK Government use of space for smarter, more efficient operations. It encourages the public sector to make best use of existing UK investment and encourages public sector bodies to become an intelligent consumer of space enabled data and services in support of public sector policy delivery.

Visit the SSGP website for more information.

  1. Earth Observation to support Catchment Sensitive Farming

    • Case study

International Partnerships in Space Programme

The International Partnerships in Space Programme (IPSP) is a 2 year, £32 million programme established and led by the UK Space Agency. The aim of the programme is to open opportunities for the UK space sector to share expertise in real-world satellite technology and services overseas and develop international partnerships for mutual benefit.

Through this programme we will provide grants under the Science and Technology act of up to 50% (or for medium and small companies 60% or 70 % respectively). These grants have now been awarded. During the first call seven projects were selected which can be viewed below. More projects have been selected under call two and these will be announced in September ‘15.

The objectives for this programme are to show the benefits that UK satellite or space technology can provide over terrestrial solution; these are provided in terms of societal or economic benefits, for countries that currently do not have these capabilities or wish to develop them further. It is about the UK learning from the partnership with these countries, and establishing the UK as the partner of choice with these countries once they are in a position to acquire or enhance their own space or satellite infrastructure.

The projects selected range from telecommunications delivered by low-cost CubeSats, to e-finance solutions and access to maternal health in remote locations. The new projects will demonstrate how UK satellite or space technology can provide societal and economic benefits to countries that do not currently have such capabilities.

  1. iKnowledge

    • Case study
  2. SBAS Africa

    • Case study
  3. Outernet Partnership for International Development

    • Case study
  4. I-Sat Connection

    • Case study
  5. Oceania Pacific Recovery and Protection in Disaster (RAPID)

    • Case study
  6. Collaborative development of radiometer components.

    • Case study
  7. Enabling Kazakhstan’s Earth Observation Capability

    • Case study