Westminster Business Forum: Growing the UK Space Economy
Rocketeer — Fri, 14/04/2017 - 4:55pm
Tuesday, 25th April 2017
Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR
This seminar is timed to facilitate discussion between policymakers and stakeholders as the UK Space Agency considers responses to its consultation on a new strategy for how the National Space Policy principles of growth, safety and security and collaboration can be put into practice, and to ensure that the strategic importance of the industry is recognised.
Delegates will also assess the implications of the ESA Council of Ministers for the funding of UK projects for the next four years. Further planned sessions will discuss infrastructure as the government considers the location for the UK’s first national spaceport, as well as future priorities for trade, investment and sector skills following the EU-referendum result.
Speakers and other delegates at this conference are expected to be a senior and informed group numbering around 120, including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior officials from BIES, DIT and the UK Space Agency and other relevant Departments, as well as industry representatives from the space and scientific community and their advisors, industry leaders, digital and infrastructure organisations, trade associations, consultants, academics, end-users, education providers and financial backers, investors and economists, and reporters from the national and trade press.
Main discussion points:
* Growth - including the government and industry target of 10% of the global space market by 2030, and opportunities presented by new emerging markets;
* The impact of Brexit - particularly in terms of trade, funding, workforce and investment for the UK space industry - as well as implications for satellite and space regulation;
* Spaceflight infrastructure - key priorities for developing the UK’s first national spaceport, as the Government considers potential spaceport locations; and
* Priorities for the UK space economy - supporting cross-sector and downstream applications - including navigations, telecomms and earth observation - and looking ahead to forthcoming exploration programmes such as the ExoMars programme in 2020.