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UK Civil Space Strategy 2012-2016

The UK Space Agency was established as an executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on 1 April 2011.


Building on the precedent of the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy, the principal driver of the Agency should be economic growth, manifested by several themes that reflect key areas of involvement for the UK's civil space sector.

Those themes are:

  1. Growth through new opportunities;
  2. Growth from export;
  3. Innovation supporting growth;
  4. Science to enable growth;
  5. Education for growth;
  6. Growth through smarter government. 

These themes formed the foundation for the organisation’s strategy for 2011-2015 and the public consultation (PDF, 175 Kb) on the Agency draft strategy which closed on 8 July 2011.

Respondents to the consultation broadly endorsed the Agency strategy, with a majority clearly supporting the Agency’s decision to put fostering growth in the UK space sector at the heart of its strategy.  A majority made the point that for the Agency to achieve its objectives it needs to continue to engage proactively across all levels with its stakeholders and partners. The full report on the consultation can be downloaded here (PDF, 95 Kb) 


David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, announced the publication of the new UK Space Agency Civil Space Strategy 2012-2016 (PDF, 4.6 Mb)  at the Farnborough Airshow today (Tuesday 10 July 2012) as part of his speech as he opened the Innovation Zone at the show.




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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 Size and Health of the UK Space Sector 2010/11, preliminary survey results.)

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