The Commons Science and Technology Committee has opened a new inquiry into UK space strategy and UK satellite infrastructure and has invited written evidence by 24 June.
Here are the terms of reference:
- What are the prospects for the UK’s global position as a space nation, individually and through international partnerships;
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of the current UK space sector and research and innovation base;
- What lessons can be learned from the successes and failures of previous space strategies for the UK and the space strategies of other countries;
- What should be the aims and focus of a new UK Space Strategy, including considerations of:
- skills and diversity;
- research funding, investment and economic growth;
- civil and defence applications;
- international considerations and partnerships;
- current regulatory and legislative frameworks and impact on UK launch potential; and
- impacts of low Earth orbit satellites on research activities.
What needs to be done to ensure the UK has appropriate, resilient and future-proofed space and satellite infrastructure for applications including:
- navigation systems;
- weather forecasting;
- earth observation including climate change; and
- communication (including broadband).
Contact the policy team (email@example.com) if you wish to provide written evidence to this inquiry.