The United Kingdom Space Agency (commonly known as the UK Space Agency or UKSA) is an executive agency of the Government of the United Kingdom, responsible for the United Kingdom’s civil space programme.
It was established on 1 April 2010 to replace the British National Space Centre (BNSC) and took over responsibility for government policy and key budgets for space exploration, and represents the United Kingdom in all negotiations on space matters.
Alongside the UK Space Agency, a £40 million “International Space Innovation Centre” (ISIC) (http://www.isic-space.com) has been created at Harwell, Oxfordshire, alongside the research facility for ESA. Some of its tasks will be to investigate climate change, and the security of space systems. £24 million of the cost of the centre will be funded by the government, with the remainder from industry, and it will lead to the creation of 700 jobs over five years.
The British space programme has always emphasized unmanned space research and commercial initiatives. It has never been government policy to create a British astronaut corps. The British government did not provide funding for the International Space Station until 2011.
Because the UK government has never developed a manned spaceflight programme and does not contribute any funding to the manned space flight part of ESA’s activities, the few British-born astronauts have launched with either the American or Soviet/Russian space programmes. Despite this, on 9 October 2008, UK Science and Innovation Minister Lord Drayson spoke favourably of the idea of a British astronaut.
To date, six UK-born British citizens, and one non-UK born British citizen have flown in space. Recently, UK Astronaut, and ambassador for microgravity in the UK, Tim Peake announced from the International Space Station that “the future of scientific exploration is in space”. Watch the video of Tim addressing British MPs and Ministers, to see more.
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