Britain’s space programme has been hit by Brexit, with FIVE concerns to be resolved before launch.
BREXIT BRITAIN’S SPACE STRATEGY has been slammed, with this website being told that five major flaws in the government’s approach must be fixed before the UK can even consider launching.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to launch rockets into space next year, with the goal of turning “Global Britain into Galactic Britain.” It occurred as the government unveiled its £16 billion National Space Strategy, which lays out long-term objectives for the UK to maintain its position as a global leader in space. However, David Morris, the Chair of the Parliamentary Space Committee, warns that releasing it risks “ticking the box marked space” while failing to provide “the focus, resources, and engagement with industry necessary to deliver it.”
The MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale told this website that now is the moment to “double down” on the intention, and he laid out a five-point strategy to do so.
To begin, he wants to “create a stronger and tighter engagement” between government agencies such as the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the UK Space Agency (UKSA) and enterprises “that goes beyond communication and into a fully-fledged partnership.”
Second, Mr Morris has already stated that a “anomaly” in recently enacted legislation could prevent businesses from establishing in the United Kingdom.
He had hoped that problem would be resolved with the new approach, but he was disappointed.
“The recently released space flight laws fail to specify a clear and binding cap on sector liability for launches from the United Kingdom, or any potential damage to the earth from satellites falling out of orbit,” he stated.
“As a result, obtaining insurance and setting competitive pricing for launch services is impossible.”
“We need to deal with this as soon as possible.”
But that’s not all.
The 55-year-old has also called for a “data regulation framework, notably for Earth Observation data, which is the collection of data about the planet Earth’s physical, chemical, and biological systems.”
“The UKSA, CAA, and Ofcom should work together to ensure joined up and streamlined processes for companies in the space sector,” he continued, “so that the data the UK harvests can continue to be an effective driver for our launch ambition, while also allowing UK world-leading data capture companies to have that reflected in their ability to capitalise on this data internationally.”
The space approach, according to Mr Morris. “Brinkwire News Summary.”