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UK Space Agency

The United Kingdom Space Agency (UKSA)(commonly known as the UK Space Agency or UKSA) is an executive agency of the Government of the United Kingdom (UK), the responsible for the United Kingdom's civil space programme. It was established on 1 April 2010 to replace the (BNSC) British National Space Centre and took over the responsibility for government policy and key budgets for space exploration; it represents the United Kingdom (UK) in all negotiations on space matters. The Agency together all UK civil space activities under the one single management. It is based at the former BNSC British National Space Centre headquarters in Swindon, Wiltshire.
UK Space Agency
United Kingdom Space Agency
AbbreviationUKSA
Formation1 April 2010; 9 years ago
Legal statusExecutive agency of Her Majesty's Government
HeadquartersPolaris House, North Star Avenue, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 1SZ
OwnerUnited Kingdom
Minister responsible
TBA
Chief Executive
Graham Turnock
Parent organization
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Budget
£371 million (2016/2017)
Websitewww.gov.uk/ukspaceagency

Creation and aims

The establishment of the United Kingdom Space Agency was announced by Lord Mandelson, Lord Drayson and astronaut Major Timothy Peake at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre on 23 March 2010.

Around the £230 million of funding and management functions were merged into the UK Space Agency from the other organisations. to Improving co-ordination of UK efforts in fields such as the Earth science, telecoms and space exploration will form the part of its remit, according to Lord Drayson.

The Prior to creation of the Agency, the space and satellite industry in the UK was valued at the £6 billion and supported 68,000 jobs. The 20-year aim of the Agency is to increase the industry to the £40 billion and 100,000 jobs, and to represent 10% of worldwide space products and services to increasing from the current 6%. This plan arises from the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy (Space-IGS) the report, published by the Space Innovation and Growth Team in February 2010.

Dr David Williams was to appointed Acting Chief Executive on 1 April 2010 and he was confirmed as the first CEO on 1 April 2011. At the ESA Council at the Ministerial level in November 2012 the UK budget for space was significantly increased. Alice Bunn is the International Director.

Although Space-IGS called for the United Kingdom to double European Space Agency (ESA) contributions and to initiate and lead at least three missions between now and 2030, this has not been committed to, with Lord Drayson stating that We will the require a compelling business case for each proposal or mission.

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