UK Government launches grant fund for commercial
spaceflight. Grant funding of up to £10 million
(potentially more in exceptional cases) is available to help
develop commercial launch capability for spaceflight to help the UK
capture a share of the market estimated to be worth £25
billion over the next 20 years. The government's recently
announced Industrial Strategy includes targeting a greater share of
the commercial space market.
UK Space Agency hosts LaunchUK event as government
publishes Spaceflight Bill. On 21 February, the UK Space
Agency held a conference attended by potential UK spaceports,
spaceflight vehicle operators and government ministers as part of
the initiative to achieve UK-based satellite launch services and
sub-orbital flights. The regulatory framework needed to
facilitate these services is contained in a
draft UK Spaceflight Bill. Further analysis of the Spaceflight
Bill will be available in a forthcoming Fieldfisher briefing.
Space Port 1 plans unveiled. The team behind
the Space Port 1 programme, Western Isles District Council,
presented their plans for a vertical launch facility on 23 February
at the ESA Harwell offices. Based on the Scottish island of North
Uist, close to the existing Benbecula airport, the team aims to
become one of the first UK spaceports, with the capability to offer
low cost, sustainable access to space, both orbital and suborbital.
Designed to enhance the profile of the Western Isles as a business
and tourism destination and act as a catalyst for inward
investment, the scheme will bring together the site owner, site
operator and the launch contractor to provide a new facility for
launch from UK soil.
Galileo Commercial Service comes into force.
The European Commission and European GNSS Agency confirms that
Galileo will provide users with added-value services such as High
Accuracy and Authentication services in addition to its Initial
Services. The Full Operational Capability is expected by 2020 with
the launch of four more satellites in 2017.
Eutelsat announces half-year results. Satellite
operator, Eutelsat, announced revenues of €755 million (a 0.9%
decrease) in line with expectations, with cost savings and
efficiencies helping to make up for the decrease in revenues. Its
net income is up by 2.2% to €192 million.
India launches record number of satellites in single
launch. The Indian Space Research Organisation launched
the 104 nano satellites, mostly owned by Earth-imaging company
Planet Labs Inc, on a single rocket. The previous record was set by
Russia in 2014 with a launch of 37 satellites.
Eutelsat and ViaSet close joint venture
agreement. The agreement will combine Eutelsat's
Ka-Sat broadband-by-satellite service with ViaSat's broadband
technology knowhow and ISP business expertise. Headquartered in
Lausanne, Switzerland, the new business will focus on wholesale and
retail broadband services for the European and Mediterranean
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