Specifically, Aerospace UK will provide UKSA with independent technical expertise and specialist advice in support of policy development and implementation, successful program delivery, strategic decisionmaking, and international and sector-specific engagement approaches at a critical moment for the UK space enterprise.
“Our strengths in research and development, innovation, and technology place us in a perfect position to take a meaningful role in the new Space Age, and work collaboratively and effectively with our international partners,” said Ian Annett, UKSA deputy CEO for Programme Delivery. “Our partnership with The Aerospace Corporation UK Ltd will allow us to build on our sovereign capabilities and realize our goal of achieving 10 percent of the global space economy by 2030.”
A vital part of UKSA’s work is to ensure it continues to operate in the national interest. The UK space sector contributes £6.6 billion annually to the UK economy and supports £5.8 billion annually in exports. New space trends provide significant opportunities for the UK to realize significant economic and national security ambitions for space, including launching satellites from the UK in 2022. The UK has established a new Cabinet committee dedicated to space, the National Space Council, and is developing a new National Space Strategy. Also, space has been designated part of the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure, given satellites support £360 billion of UK gross domestic product, public services, and key economic sectors ranging from agriculture to finance.
Leveraging Aerospace’s unique specialist skills, technical expertise and capabilities spanning the entire space enterprise will enable UKSA to develop in areas of high value for the UK as it pursues a more robust role in the global space environment. In turn, Aerospace demonstrates its commitment to integrating and elevating the entire space enterprise through this collaboration with a key U.S. ally.
“Space-based technology and infrastructure allows for the smooth functioning of virtually every aspect of our daily lives on Earth. With so much depending on the space domain, the UK is building a cross-government, enterprise approach to space,” said Gina Galasso, managing director for Aerospace UK. “Aerospace is pleased to offer our specialized expertise to support our UK customers as they tackle this vital undertaking.”
About The Aerospace Corporation UK Ltd
The Aerospace Corporation UK Ltd is the wholly owned UK subsidiary of The Aerospace Corporation. Headquartered in Salisbury, Wiltshire, this small-to-medium enterprise is focused on supporting a number of different government organizations in the UK space economy. The company has been established to support UK efforts in a variety of space areas, including launch, space situational awareness, systems acquisition, and program management. For more information, visit www.aerospace.org/uk.
About The Aerospace Corporation
The Aerospace Corporation is a national nonprofit corporation that operates a federally funded research and development center and has more than 4,841 employees. With major locations in El Segundo, California; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and the Washington, D.C. region, Aerospace addresses complex problems across the space enterprise and other areas of national and international significance through agility, innovation, and objective technical leadership. For more information, visit www.aerospace.org. Follow us on Twitter: @AerospaceCorp.