UK Space Agency receives £2 million in funding for new space projects

UK Space Agency receives £2 million in funding for new space projects

by Pranali Mehta

UK Parliamentary Secretary for Science, Research and Innovation, George Freeman has reportedly announced a £2 million funding injection to the UK Space Agency (UKSA), responsible for the country’s civil space program.

The funding will be used for 13 new space projects that will make pioneering approaches in the fields of energy, resources, and communications.

The project also includes Rolls-Royce designing and developing a power station for space where water and breathable oxygen can be generated.

Another project will be responsible for developing a new technology to withstand high radiation levels on Mars, and another will be building communications tools for astronauts to prevent conversation delays between Earth and Marks.

A robot to search for resources in moon rocks, such as water and oxygen, will also be developed by engineers.

Mr. Freeman said that discovering breakthroughs will not only be useful for space but also ensure that those on Earth benefit from new technologies and support the UK’s commitments of net-zero emissions.

Abi Clayton, Future Programmes Director, Rolls-Royce, stated that the UKSA has provided significant support in continuing the progress of the Rolls-Royce Micro-Reactor development program, showing the true value of a public-private partnership.

Clayton added that together they can accomplish ambitious technological firsts in the country and help in the development of future power systems, teaming UKSA’s space domain experience with Rolls-Royce’s unique expertise in nuclear power.

Previously, the UK has invested £180 million in the European Space Agency (ESA) over a period of five years for its global exploration program. The ESA is leading the Sample Fetch Rover, a crucial part of the NASA/ESA Mars Sample Return mission, as well as assisting in international efforts of returning humans to the moon.

The organization is also expected to build parts for the Lunar Gateway, a small space station in the lunar orbit development project undertaken by NASA, Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), along with the ESA.

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Pranali Mehta

A chemical engineer by qualification, Pranali Mehta dutifully walked down the slated path and worked in a chemical firm for a year. Her passion for writing however, pushed her into experimenting with the same as a career. With over three years of experience in content writ Read more...