WiredGov Newswire (news from other organisations)
UK Space Agency: ‘Pint sized’ Scottish satellites launched into orbit
The Glasgow built satellites, funded by the UK Space Agency will monitor weather and help combat global climate change.
The two ‘first of a kind’ 5kg satellites which were designed and built by Spire Global are unique due to their function, tiny size, low cost and quick build time.
This style of satellite could revolutionise work in space, which has traditionally been slow and expensive for business and science to access.
Both satellites, which were developed under the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) ARTES Pioneer programme (the UK is the largest funder to ARTES), will aim to prove the value of ‘nanosats’ in weather monitoring, by using them to measure refracted radio signals passing through the Earth’s atmosphere.
Graham Turnock, Chief Executive, UK Space Agency said:
These incredibly clever pint-sized satellites built in Glasgow could slash the complexity and cost of access to space, presenting an exciting opportunity for the UK to thrive in the commercial space age.
Through our £4m development funding in ESA’s ARTES programme, the government’s Industrial Strategy and by working closely with our international partners, we are helping Scottish businesses transform their ideas into commercial realities, resulting in jobs, growth and innovation.
Experts can use the satellite’s measurements to glean temperature, pressure and humidity information for weather forecasting and climate change monitoring.
Khalil Kably, Pioneer Programme Manager for the European Space Agency said:
We saw a gap in the market for what we call Space Mission Providers: companies that offer all aspects of a space mission to validate a new technology or service for the benefit of others.
ESA is always looking to champion innovation in the space industry, and the idea of Pioneer is that these Space Mission Providers can help this by being a one-stop-shop for in-orbit demonstration and therefore reduce the barriers and complexity that can stifle new ideas.
Peter Platzer, CEO of Spire Global said:
Spire has been focused on developing unique data sources with high frequency updates for the entire Earth and has over 60 LEMUR-2 class satellites deployed in space with a complementary global ground station network.
Under Pioneer, we can offer our extensive experience in manufacturing and managing small spacecraft like these to those who cannot afford to waste money and time to do it themselves.
This work with ESA helps further support the global development of commercial aerospace’s potential to make space access universal.
Today the satellites were launched from Sriharikota, India, but from the 2020s, these home-grown spacecraft could be launched from the proposed spaceport in Sutherland, Scotland.
The UK Space Agency is also supporting a space incubation centre in Glasgow and has provided support over several years to the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications, based at the University of Strathclyde and working across the whole of Scotland.
The Centre’s role is to raise awareness of the potential of satellite services and data to be used in new and improved products and services in other “space enabled” markets – including, for example, offshore renewable energy and aquaculture.
The UK Space Agency is driving the growth of the space sector as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy with major initiatives including the £99m National Space Test Facility at Harwell, and the UK continues to be a leading member of ESA, which is independent of the EU.
Latest News from
WiredGov Newswire (news from other organisations)
CBI NI responds to latest review of covid restrictions14/05/2021 16:38:00
CBI NI yesterday responded to latest review of covid restrictions.
Work from Home Day: new laws needed to make flexible working patterns available for all workers after pandemic14/05/2021 14:05:00
Today (Friday) is the 16th annual Work from Home Day, organised by Work Wise UK as part of Work Wise Week – a week of activity to promote employment practices that improve work-life balance.
CBI Wales responds to latest relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions14/05/2021 12:15:00
CBI Wales yesterday responded to latest relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions.
Business and government must stand united to tackle great challenges of the age – G7 business groups14/05/2021 09:05:00
Leading business federations issue communique backed UK by Prime Minister ahead of G7 leaders’ meeting next month in Cornwall.
TUC: Yorkshire still facing job losses and shrinking economy despite national GDP growth13/05/2021 16:05:00
Commenting on yesterday’s (Wednesday) GDP figures, showing a reduction of 1.5% for the first quarter of 2021 overall but a rise of 2.1% in March, the TUC urged caution based on regional data showing sustained negative growth and job losses across the region.
LGA responds to DEFRA’s Action Plan for Animal Welfare13/05/2021 14:40:00
Cllr Nesil Caliskan, Chair of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, commented on Rural Affairs’ Action Plan for Animal Welfare
NHS Confederation - Lessons from COVID inquiry must translate into action13/05/2021 13:40:00
Danny Mortimer, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, commented on the announcement of a public inquiry into COVID-19
LGA responds to ending of ban on eviction enforcement13/05/2021 12:40:00
Cllr David Renard, Local Government Association housing spokesperson, responded to the announcement of the ending of the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions on 31 May
CBI responds to release of Q1 GDP figures13/05/2021 12:15:00
CBI yesterday responded to release of Q1 GDP figures.
Audit Scotland - Accounts Commission for Scotland and Improvement Service collaboration focused on improving local government services13/05/2021 11:40:00
The Accounts Commission and the Improvement Service have confirmed a formal collaboration focused on accelerating the improvement and pace of change in local government services.