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UK government publishes first national space policy

The UK government has outlined its principles for the development of satellite and space technologies in its first national space policy.

In a document published on 13 December, the government pledged to play a greater role in international space programmes.

The National Space Policy also commits to four principles of space use. First, that space is of strategic importance because of the value of space programmes to public services, national security, science and innovation and the economy. Second, that the safety and security of the space environment should be preserved. Third, that it supports the growth of the commercial space sector, underpinned by academic research; and finally that international cooperation on legal frameworks for the responsible use of space are vital.

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