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Who we work with

The UK Space Agency is an executive agency of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The Agency works with a range of other organisations who contribute to the civil space programme in important ways. In the UK these include:

The Met Office, which funds the UK's weather satellite programme;

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), which supports basic R&D for future Earth science missions and funds researchers to exploit the scientific data yielded by our Earth science missions;

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), which supports basic R&D for future space science and funds researchers to exploit the scientific data yielded by our space science missions;

The Technology Strategy Board, which funds a range of industrially-led developments across a large range of sectors including future technology and applications of space systems and data. The Service Level Agreement (SLA) (PDF, 4.1 Mb)  defines how the Technology Strategy Board and the UK Space Agency work together following the establishment of the UK Space Agency as an executive agency of BIS on 1 April 2011.

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) , whom we work with to support inward investment into the UK space sector and the export of UK space technology as well as the Science and Innovation Network which represents UK science and research expertise in UK embassies across the world.

The Agency also maintains close working relations with other Government departments and a range of professional and industrial bodies in the UK including the following:

The Association of Specialist Technical Organisations for Space (ASTOS)

The British Association of Remote Sensing Companies

The British Interplanetary Society

The Cabinet Office

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Department for Transport (DfT)

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)

Home Office

Ministry of Defence (MOD)

Royal Aeronautical Society

Royal Astronomical Society (RAS)



The UK Space Agency also works extensively with organisations in Europe and the rest of the world.



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The UK Space Agency

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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