Space is a fundamental part of Britain’s future. From world-leading science in orbit to innovative satellite technology and services, space helps us grasp our place in the Universe, as well as tackling challenges here on Earth, such as supporting our growing population and understanding our changing planet.
The British space sector is built on partnership and a common vision for the way ahead. We want your ideas on the future of the UK in space so that we, as the UK Space Agency, can continue to grow our space sector, advance our world-leading science, and facilitate opportunities across the country.
In 2015 the Government published the National Space Policy which set out the principles that Government:
1. Recognises 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.
2. Commits to preserving and promoting the safety and security of the unique space operating environment, free from interference.
3. Supports the growth of a robust and competitive commercial space sector, underpinned by excellent academic research.
4. Commits 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.
What do you think needs to be done by Government, industry, academia, civil society or others to put the National Space Policy principles into practice? What actions should we take to ensure the UK can benefit from the growing opportunities in the space sector? How can we use space to meet the challenges of tomorrow?
We also want evidence on the opportunities and challenges we face, and your evidence for why your proposed actions are necessary and effective. Please include ideas on things which are already being done and should be continued, as well as ideas for completely new actions or things that should be stopped.
Please send your ideas and evidence to Natasha.Grant@ukspaceagency.bis.gsi.gov.uk by the end of Wednesday 11 January using this template with the title ‘Strategy call for ideas and evidence’ on your email.
We particularly welcome response from groups who have discussed the issues and are sending us a collective response.
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