The consultation closes in October, but Fellows are invited to send in their views to the RAS to help shape our response. In particular, there are questions about the nature of the new body, how it is funded and how it fits in with activity by the Research Councils and other bodies. Any change could have a significant impact on the future of space and astronomy research in the UK and how we work with our international partners.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the British National Space Centre (BNSC) have launched a consultation on the future of UK civil space activities.
The consultation seeks views on whether BNSC is the right organisation to continue to oversee UK space activity or should be replaced by a free standing space agency.
The press release and consultation document are on the BIS website at http://www.bis.gov.uk/bis-launches-space-consultation
Please send any thoughts you may have to Robert Massey, RAS Policy Officer via