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UK Space Agency

Mars Yard

Airbus Defence and Space opened a new state-of-the-art extended Mars Yard test area at its Stevenage site today.

Searching for exoplanetary systems. ESA–C. Carreau.

UK set to play a leading role in the search for habitable planets orbiting alien stars, following David Willetts’s announcement that the UK Space Agency will invest £25 million in ESA’s PLATO mission.

Artist’s conception of Sentinel-1, an environment-monitoring satellite from the European Space Agency. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab.

The ability of European citizens, policymakers and service providers to access key environmental data on a routine basis will take a major step forward following the launch last night (03 April 2014) of the Sentinel-1A satellite.

Uluru/Ayres Rock. Credit: KARI/ESA

Rosetta’s first sighting of its target in 2014. Credit: ESA © 2014 MPS for OSIRIS-Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA.

Rosetta sets sights on destination comet

Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft has caught a first glimpse of its destination comet since waking up from deep-space hibernation on 20 January.

Rosetta has been travelling through the Solar System for 10 years, and will finally arrive at the comet in August this year.

Herschel survey in infrared. Credit: ESA/Herschel/HRS-SAG2 and HeViCS Key Programmes/L. Cortese (Swinburne University).

Herschel completes largest survey of cosmic dust in local Universe

The largest census of dust in local galaxies has been completed using data from Europe’s Herschel space observatory, providing a huge legacy to the scientific community.

Cosmic dust grains are a minor but fundamental ingredient in the recipe of gas and dust for creating stars and planets.

Mars landing sites elevation.

Scientists favour four ExoMars landing sites

Some 60 scientists and engineers came together last month (26–28 March) for the first ExoMars 2018 Landing Site Selection Workshop, held at ESA’s European Space Astronomy Centre near Madrid.

Their task was to begin the process of drawing up a shortlist of the most suitable landing locations for Europe’s first Mars rover.

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UK Space Agency steps up to the mark

The UK Space Agency has announced a reorganisation taking effect 01 April 2014.

This is in response to the Government's commitment to support industry deliver a UK space sector worth £40bn a year by 2030.


The UK Space Agency is at the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space.  The UK's thriving space sector contributes £9.1 billion a year to the UK economy and directly employs 28.900 with an average growth rate of almost 7.5%. The Agency provides funding for a range of programmes via programmes such as the National Space Technology Programme and FP7 and works closely with national and international academic, education and community partners.

Outer Space Act Licensing

Apply for a licence under the Outer Space Act (OSA).

The OSA 1986 is the legal basis for the regulation of activities in outer space carried out by organisations or individuals established in the UK or one of its Overseas Territories or Crown Dependencies. Download the government response (PDF, 181 Kb)  to the consultation.


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UK Space Agency on Twitter

@spacegovuk (80,823 followers)


European Space Education Resource Office

The European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) uses space to enhance and support STEM teaching and learning in the UK.

UK Space Conference Logo. Another very successful UK Space Conference, read the highlights.

Mission X logo. Credit: Mission X  Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut

A fitness & nutrition challenge for 8-12 year olds.