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RAS welcomes UK space agency

Last Updated on Monday, 22 March 2010 20:40
Published on Monday, 22 March 2010 20:31

Minister of Science Lord Drayson today announced the creation of a UK space agency to replace the British National Space Centre.

The new agency will bring together space activities currently shared between six government departments; two research councils, the Technology Strategy Board and the Met Office. It will be set up with the aim of driving forward growth and jobs within the UK's £6.5 bn space industry and will act as the key interface between the UK and the European Space Agency (ESA).

In the recent consultation on the organisation of space activities, the Society argued for the creation of an agency to better serve UK science and industry and therefore the RAS welcomes today's announcement.

In taking this forward, we call on Lord Drayson and BIS to work closely with the scientific community in its detailed planning, for example on the relationship between Space- and Ground-based astronomy. The Society also urges the Government to ensure that any additional funding for space activities and the new agency is not at the expense of the science research budget.

BIS press release on the new space agency