UK invests in space

The UK Space Agency has earmarked £6.5 million to invest in 18 projects aimed at boosting the country’s space industry.

The projects are reportedly focused on piloting local activity that could be scaled up and rolled out nationally.

“Establishing a network of space clusters and high impact projects will accelerate the development of the thriving space ecosystem the UK needs to realise the full economic potential of space across the UK,” said Dr Paul Bate, Agency chief executive.

The projects include Pivot into Space, run by the Midlands Aerospace Alliance, which has received £500,000 to research design and manufacture of spacecraft and the infrastructure required to launch them into space.

Another £406,000 will be used in the south of the UK to open up engineering facilities and technical expertise to local companies to improve space prototyping and manufacturing.

Go here for a complete list of projects.