What Brexit Means for UK Space Leadership

The United Kingdom’s pending withdrawal from the European Union poses some sobering realities for the growing British space sector. What choices does the UK have to make about its future in space?

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As the United Kingdom nears the end of an over two-year extrication from the European Union, there are still questions to be answered. There is the long-running, collaborative involvement in the Galileo global navigation system; its financial commitments to and membership in the European Space Agency; its hosting of related ground systems on British soil; and there are UK companies that may lose business in the aftermath. Decisions need to be made on space strategy for the island nation. What connections will remain and which will be eliminated as the country moves forward?

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