If you or your organisation is involved in human spaceflight and/or research in space environments, you may be interested to know that the UK Space Agency is undertaking a consultation on a national strategy for this area.
The consultation, draft strategy and all details are available online at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/national-strategy-space-environments-and-human-spaceflight .
The closing date for responses is 17 October 2014.
The UK Space Agency is keen to hear from a wide range of stakeholders, so if you have time to provide your views please do so and please also forward this on to other interested parties.
Human Spaceflight and Microgravity Programme Manager
UK SPACE AGENCY
Polaris House, Swindon SN2 1SZ
An executive agency for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)
Over the course of the 7 year programme the budget allocated within Horizon 2020 to the Space Work Programmes is expected to approach 1.5bn Euros. There is significant opportunity there for R&D funding if the topics are well suited to applicant needs. There is an opportunity now to have your say on the content of future calls. With the 2014 Call already closed, and the final version of the 2015 Work Programme soon to be published, attention is now turning to the definition of the activities to be supported in the 2016-17 Work Programme.
The UK Space Agency is surveying the size and shape of the UK community engaged with microgravity / space environments research. This will ensure that the agency has an up-to-date and accurate picture of current research activity in the UK, and will inform future planning and investment decisions.
CAA UK Government Review of commercial spaceplane certification and operations - Technical report July 2014
In August 2012, the Government tasked the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to undertake a detailed review to understand better the operational requirements of the commercial spaceplane industry. The technical report and summary were released last week and offer the reader and Government an excellent insight in to how this sector might be expected to develop in the years ahead and how the UK should prepare itself to be able to benefit from what will be a crucially important aspect of modern society.
Below are extracts and recommendations from Chapter 12: Medical requirements for spaceplane flight crew and participants.