The Space Industry Act 2018 - Rediscovering the UK sovereign launch capability

Newman, Christopher (2018) The Space Industry Act 2018 - Rediscovering the UK sovereign launch capability. Room, The Space Journal, 2 (16). ISSN 2412-4311

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October 1971 remains the only time that the United Kingdom has successfully launched a satellite into Earth orbit by means of a launch vehicle developed within the country. In doing so, it became the sixth nation to attain this capability. Unlike others, however, the UK took the decision to abandon this capability, citing cost of development and the existence of alternative, cheaper arrangements with other states. With the granting of royal assent to the Space Industry Act (SIA) 2018, however, the UK is taking legislative steps to regain sovereign launch capacity. Accompanied by a significant amount of publicity from the UK Government, the SIA represents an ambitious attempt to re-establish independent launch capacity and a launch facility within the UK to complement its burgeoning small satellite industry.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: M200 Law by Topic
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2018 09:07
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 19:45

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