Excerpt: New areas are likely to include the growth of:
international telecommunications and navigation services and applications;
provision of information systems to support carbon trading;
systems for space surveillance to alert us to natural and man-made hazards which threaten critical space infrastructure;
innovative launch systems; services to support space exploration; and space tourism.
Countries which recognise these new markets and invest early will reap the rewards.
Working with its partners at home and abroad, the UK Space Agency will:
assist industry to build the new markets in line with the Government’s Growth Review objectives;
identify, and invest in, strategic opportunities to grow the UK’s industrial capabilities and
carry out horizon-scanning activities with industry and researchers to identify emerging opportunities;
invest in programmes that demonstrate new services;
work with industry, the Technology Strategy Board, the European Commission and ESA to translate investment into down-to-Earth applications.
By bringing together industry, academia and government facilities, the Harwell Space Cluster (which includes the ESA Harwell centre, the International Space Innovation Centre and a space Business Incubator) will be a vital tool for delivering growth through new opportunities.