Boris Johnson inaugurates a new £35 million space station as the UK pledges to be a “global leader” following Brexit.
After the Government promised to “cement the UK’s position as a world leader in science, research, and innovation” after Brexit, BORIS JOHNSON has unveiled a new £35 million space laboratory.
Yesterday, Prime Minister David Cameron paid a visit to Airbus’ new £35 million UK space and defense headquarters in Stevenage. As part of the company’s ongoing commitment in Britain’s future in space, the new facility will house 500 engineers and experts. Before launching the new environmentally friendly headquarters, Orbit House, Mr Johnson paid a visit to the Mars Yard and tried his hand at the Rover’s controls.
“What I’ve seen here at Airbus in Stevenage has blown me away,” he stated.
“I don’t think many people realize that Airbus in Wales produces half of the world’s passenger jet wings, which is a remarkable achievement for the UK economy.
“I don’t think people realize that we create a quarter of all telecoms satellites on this location, and that the UK has a bright future in satellites and satellite technology.
“I just saw a satellite that will help quantify the biomass of the world’s rainforests, which is critical for our understanding of the effects of global warming and what we need to do to address it.
“As a result, we’re upgrading our satellite technology. It’s fantastic to see Airbus open a new plant here today.”
Julian Whitehead, Chairman of Airbus Defence and Space UK, named Stevenage the “jewel in our space crown,” saying it will be the UK’s center for satellite design, manufacture, and operations.
“Our UK engineers are sending rovers to Mars, probes to the Sun, developing satellites to combat climate change, and supporting secure military communications,” he continued.
“It was a pleasure to greet the Prime Minister today and discuss our future plans with him.”
70% of the UK’s space sector is made up of Airbus Defence and Space UK.
The Solar Orbiter, which is now on its way to the Sun, and the European Space Agency’s ExoMars rover, which is set to launch in 2022, are two of its projects.
It follows the announcement of the government’s long-awaited innovation strategy.
It reaffirms the country’s intention to increasing research funding to a record £22 billion per year by 2024–25, in order to maintain its international scientific preeminence post-Brexit.
The strategy identifies seven strategic technologies for UK investment that take advantage of the country’s current capabilities. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”