Britain endorses ESA, promises increased export-credit support for industry
Rocketeer — Sat, 17/12/2016 - 7:57pm
The British government has emphatically endorsed its investment in the 22-nation European Space Agency and rejected a parliamentary proposal that its space budget be more evenly divided between ESA and a national program.
Countering the centrifugal trend in Europe — highlighted by the U.K. decision to quit the European Union — the government reaffirmed that Brexit will have no effect on the UK role in ESA.
The Science and Technology Committee has received a response from the Government to the ‘Satellites and space’ Report produced by the Committee on 15 June 2016.
Stephen Metcalfe MP, chair of the Committee, said: ”It is encouraging to see that many of the recommendations made in our Satellites and Space report are already being taken forward by the Government, including expanding Innovate UK’s in-orbit demonstration programme. We were particularly pleased that the Government has committed to ensuring that vertical, as well as horizontal, launch options are being considered as part of the Government’s plans to establish a UK Spaceport. We were disappointed, however, that five months have elapsed between the publication of our report and the Government formally responding to our recommendations. We trust that such delays will not be repeated in the future.”