Credit: Satellite Applications Catapult

Credit: Satellite Applications Catapult

A low cost, domestic launch capability will be of significant strategic value to the space sector of the United Kingdom, according to a new report published by the Satellite Applications Catapult.

The “IGS Low Cost Access to Space” report focuses on the UK’s expertise in the small satellite market – a growing segment of the space sector, for which low cost access to space is key.

Market opportunities

This new report recommends actions for industry, Government, the Satellite Applications Catapult and academia, which will be required to capitalize on existing UK strengths in small satellite manufacturing, satellite applications and services, and future demand for commercial human spaceflight and microgravity research.

Stuart Martin, CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult and Chairman of the Space Leadership Council Industry Advisory Group on Low Cost Access to Space, said the report addresses market opportunities that low cost access to space can offer, for small satellite launch, commercial human spaceflight, and for microgravity science research, “not just for the UK, but for Europe as a whole.”

Credit: Satellite Applications Catapult

Credit: Satellite Applications Catapult

Key findings

Among the key findings of the report:

  • Low cost access to space is a key requirement for any major player in this sector, leading to increased economic benefits through satellite manufacturing, applications and services.
  • An operational spaceport to support orbital access is a top priority: a spaceport will position the UK to take advantage of emerging demand for small satellite launch, commercial human spaceflight and microgravity research.
Credit: Satellite Applications Catapult

Credit: Satellite Applications Catapult

NOTE: For access to “IGS Low Cost Access to Space” and other related reports, go to:

https://sa.catapult.org.uk/market-reports

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