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Queen's Speech: Plan aims to secure space sector

A government plan to secure growth in the UK's 13.7bn space industry is laid out in the Queen's Speech.
The stated purpose of the new Bill is to make the UK the most attractive place in Europe for commercial space - including launches from British soil. It would help increase the UK share of the global space economy from 6.5% today to 10% by 2030.

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UK Space Agency boss David Williams to leave post

The UK Space Agency's chief executive is to step down at the end of the year.
Dr David Williams is moving to Australia to take a job with its national science organisation, CSIRO.
Dr Williams oversaw the creation of UKSA in 2010. It was established to bring more coherence to British space policy which had until then been split across many government departments.

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Aspiring astronauts will be able to launch into orbit after the UK Government relaxed rules in a bid to encourage space tourism.
At present, would be space travellers are bound by the rules relating to commercial air travel, making it difficult for operators to launch rockets from this country.
David Willetts, the Science Minister, announced that the space industry would no longer come under the responsibility of the Civil Aviation Authority.

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UK Space Agency launches in Swindon

Britain is going back to the final frontier, with the official launch of the UK Space Agency in Swindon.
The first and last UK satellite launch was Prospero back in 1971.

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UK space given boost from Budget

The Chancellor George Osborne has promised regulatory change and some extra money to help boost the competitiveness of the UK space sector, which is growing at about 10% a year.
10m will go to fund new technologies used in spacecraft systems.
Mr Osborne has also signalled changes to the Outer Space Act.

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UK Space Agency website.

The UK Space Agency is at the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space.
On 23 March, the Science Minister, Lord Drayson announced the launch of a new executive agency to replace the British National Space Centre and to bring all UK civil space activities under one single management. View regular updates on the transition process.

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This week, a new United Kingdom Space Agency (UKSA) starts work, to co-ordinate this country's non-military space activities. Yet when the announcement was made last week, many seemed surprised that any such work was being done. You mean we have a space programme? And it's based in Swindon?
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New space agency and new international space centre for UK

A new 40m International Space Innovation Centre (ISIC) at Harwell is at the heart of Government plans to support Britains growing space sector.
Business Secretary Lord Mandelson and Science Minister Lord Drayson announced the creation of the ISIC, supported by 12m from BIS Strategic Investment Fund, at todays launch of the UK Space Agency.

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UK Space Agency announced

A new UK Space Agency will take over responsibility for UK government policy and the key budgets for space, and bring together all UK civil space activities under one single management.
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Swindon to be home for new UK space agency

Swindon is to be the home of the newly-announced UK Space Agency.
It will also have tens of millions of pounds in funding from two Swindon organisations.
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) jointly contributed 83m to the European Space Agency (ESA) in the 2008-09 financial year - the last for which figures are available.

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UK Space Agency launched in London

The UK Space Agency, as it is officially named, took off with the help of British astronaut Major Timothy Peake.
But the accent at the launch in London was on the dry realities of economics rather than Dan Dare.

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