As an extension of Aerospace’s role as an objective technical advisor for the space enterprise, Aerospace UK will support a key U.S. ally under contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). Aerospace UK will provide technical support as the UK develops a new set of space policies and initiatives. For 60 years, Aerospace has operated a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) dedicated to solving the hardest problems for the U.S. space enterprise and its allies.
“Establishing Aerospace UK demonstrates Aerospace’s commitment to advancing the global space community and stronger, deeper partnerships with U.S. allies,” said Steve Isakowitz, Aerospace president and CEO. “We are pleased to provide the technical expertise and strategic insights that have made us a trusted partner to the U.S. space enterprise to support the UK in shaping its future in space.”
The UK is emphasizing space in planning for future defense, security and national prosperity, with specific focus on developing domestic launch facilities, a new position, navigation and timing system and a major new satellite communications capability.
Aerospace UK draws on 60 years of independent technical expertise and insight that Aerospace—as a nonprofit corporation that operates a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC)—provides to the U.S. military, government space leaders and U.S. allies to help them make technically informed space policy decisions. Aerospace UK will function in a similar independent role, providing access to Aerospace experts while also deploying local technical specialists.
Gina Galasso will serve as the managing director of Aerospace UK. She has spent over 35 years helping Aerospace customers navigate the complex issues of space, including 15 directly supporting allied governments.
“The UK is poised to take its place as one of the world’s most important sovereign space nations,” said Galasso. “The Aerospace Corporation UK Ltd will facilitate a truly UK approach that will strengthen our allies’ space capabilities.”
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 4,100 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.