The UK’s space programme is set to make the country a global leader in the tech industry according to Conservative Chair of the Parliamentary Space Committee David Morris. He spoke to Express.co.uk about what Britons could look forward to with developments in the UK space sector. Mr Morris pointed to giants in the field, SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, as comparable ventures.
He said: “I’m absolutely certain there’ll be more things to come.
“This is just the start of the journey for us, not the end of it.
“Because we’ve now got the space capability with the OneWeb project, it’s made us quite a big player in space terms, in terms of certain telecommunication satellites.
“OneWeb actually does operate at this moment in time.”
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‘This is just the start of the journey for us, not the end of it.’
The MP added: “We’re hoping to set up a centre here in the UK, but OneWeb is actually operating in NASA between SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin.
“So you can see that we’re already in a good position to utilise other companies on that space sport in NASA.”
Mr Bezos’ Blue Origin is a private space company hoping to send paying customers to space in the very near future.
Similarly, Elon Musk’s SpaceX was founded with the goal of reducing space transportation costs to enable the colonisation of Mars.
‘We’re hoping to set up a centre here in the UK, but OneWeb is actually operating in NASA.’
British taxpayers are now part owners of satellite constellation company, OneWeb.
The Government won the tech giant at an auction for $500million (£377million).
The money was staked after the company went bankrupt in March while trying to build a spacecraft network to deliver broadband.
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Business Secretary Alok Sharma said it would help deliver the “first UK sovereign space capability”.
The desire to get involved was spurred by the UK being cut out from the EU’s satellite navigation.
Former Brexit Secretary, Stephen Barclay said: “We are investing £22billion in our R&D, a massive increase and there’s a very strong focus on that.
“Clearly there’s a link between R&D and our commitment to space.
“I would expect to be doing more in the wider area.”