Policy papers and consultations


UK Space Agency

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  • Solar Orbiter

    Solar Orbiter will be the first spacecraft to provide close-up views of the Sun’s polar regions.

  • SMILE (Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer)

    SMILE will use a new technique combining innovative X-ray and ultra-violet instrumentation to provide global imaging of the Earth’s magnetosphere for the first time and investigate its dynamic response to the impact of solar wind.


    UK-led ESA mission ARIEL (Atmospheric Remote-sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey) aims to characterise atmospheres of approximately 1000 exoplanets.

  • LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna)

    LISA is an ESA large class science mission in development.

  • PLATO (PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars)

    PLATO is an ESA medium class science mission to detect rocky Earth-like planets orbiting bright nearby Sun-like stars in the ‘habitable zone’, where liquid water could exist on the planet surface.

  • MIRI/James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)

    The telescope will study the first stars and galaxies and examine the physical and chemical properties of solar systems.

  • Jupiter icy moon explorer (JUICE)

    A mission to make detailed observations of the giant gaseous planet Jupiter and three of its largest moons, Ganymede, Callisto and Europa.

  • Euclid

    Euclid is an ESA medium class science mission in development, due to launch in 2022 for a 6 year mission.

  • LISA Pathfinder (LPF)

    LPF was an ESA mission launched in 2015 to demonstrate the ultra-high precision technology needed for a future space-based gravitational wave observatory, LISA (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna).

  • Rosetta

    One of the most challenging space missions ever undertaken, this spacecraft studied a comet at close quarters.

  • CryoSat

    Measuring the shape and thickness of Arctic and Antarctic ice, the mission tells scientists how melting Polar ice affects sea level rise.

  • Impact Assessment Summary: Principia Education Campaign

    A summary report measuring the effectiveness of the Principia education campaign and its impact on the nation.

  • Impact Assessment: Principia Campaign

    A report measuring the effectiveness of the Principia campaign and its impact on the nation.

  • Soil moisture and ocean salinity (SMOS)

    The mission makes global observations of the Earth's surface soil water content and the salt in the oceans.

  • EarthCARE

    A mission to better understand the interactions between cloud, radiative and aerosol processes that play a role in climate regulation.

  • ExoMars

    Europe's mission to Mars.

  • InSight: the Mars robotic lander

    InSight will investigate the interior structure and composition of Mars to uncover how a rocky body forms and evolves to become a planet.

  • BepiColombo

    This European mission to Mercury will help our understanding of the formation of the Solar System and its inner rocky planets.

  • Space-based dam monitoring

    Reducing the probability of failure of tailings dams through the use of remote sensing data

  • SIBELIUs: Improved resilience for Mongolian herding communities

    Improved severe weather resilience for Mongolian herding communities using satellite Earth observation derived environmental services