The UK Space Agency and UKspace trade body are working together to help the space sector respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency and the President and Chair of the UKspace trade body met virtually last week to discuss the space sector’s response to Covid-19.
The UK space sector employs 42,000 people and generates an income of £14.8 billion each year, while supporting £300 billion of wider economic activity through other industries with satellite services such as navigation, communications and Earth observation. Space is part of the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure and has in-built resilience due to the autonomous nature of many orbital operations, the relatively low number of specialist staff required for ongoing operations, and multiple contingencies.
During the meeting the UK Space Agency and UKspace agreed to:
- Maintain an effective flow of information between the space sector and government during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Establish dedicated teams from the UK Space Agency and UKspace to direct companies towards the support available from government.
- Identify any further actions that the government and trade body can take to minimise the disruption of COVID-19.
- Broaden the engagement with space businesses beyond members of UKspace.