The United Kingdom should invest more heavily in the space exploration industry, according to Virgin Galactic President Richard Branson.
According to Virgin Galactic president Will Whitehorn, the UK should spend more extensively in space exploration, especially after Brexit.
Whitehorn’s remarks made news when George Freeman, the UK’s new Scientific Minister, presented the government’s National Space Strategy and declared the UK a “science superpower,” according to The Express.
Despite a few “challenges,” Virgin Galactic’s Whitehorn believes the UK government’s vision for the space exploration business puts the country in a good position to fulfill its lofty goals.
Finally, according to Whitehorn, the UK may reap significant financial benefits from increased investment in the space exploration business.
That’s because the global space market is expected to nearly double in value to $660 billion by 2030, led by companies like Virgin Galactic, SpaceX, and, of course, NASA.
A Solution To The Environmental Crisis
Whitehorn also remarked that the UK government’s space exploration program roadmap can demonstrate its significance in the fight against global climate change.
As a result, there is now hope that the British government will be able to launch so-called “dirty industries” into space, reducing their detrimental consequences on Earth.
These businesses, according to Whitehorn, may encompass everything from enormous data centers to cryptocurrency mining operations, which can require a lot of energy on their own.
Because the world is still trying to wean itself off of fossil fuels and towards renewable energy sources, the environmental effects of these two industries are mostly dependent on their power-hungry nature.
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UK Space Exploration Has a Difficult Past
Since their most recent large-scale attempts, Britain’s space program has mostly remained beneath the radar, and for good reason.
During the 1950s and 1960s space race between the Soviet Union and the United States, the UK space program ran into a major snag when attempting to launch a satellite.
This satellite launch scheme, according to The Big Issue, was contingent on the development of the Black Arrow rocket. However, Black Arrow’s launch failed just a month before NASA’s Saturn V rocket launched the first humans to the moon, with the rocket breaking apart and tumbling back to Earth in fragments just a minute into its flight.
After Black Arrow, the UK space program made two additional launches: the suborbital Launch Two in March 1970 and the suborbital Launch Three in April 1970. News from Brinkwire in a nutshell.