The UK Space Agency has chosen to fund five projects conducting preparatory research for suborbital spaceflight and small satellite launches in the UK.
The five winning projects, which will share £1.15 million from the agency, explore topics such as building adequate safety regulations and adapting procedures used abroad for space launches in the UK. Teams from companies such as Virgin Galactic and Airbus are involved in the winning projects, all of which will be match-funded by industry.
In a press release, Katherine Courtney, UKSA’s interim chief executive, said the agency wanted to support the space industry. She also noted the government’s promise in its National Space Policy to establish a spaceport in the UK.