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Space Industry Bill shows commitment to UK spaceflight

29 June 2017

The Bill has been introduced to the House of Lords, marking the first step to creating new laws and frameworks for spaceflight operation in the UK.

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The Space Industry Bill was is a key part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy and was outlined in the Queen’s Speech. Lord Callanan, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Transport introduced the Bill, which is a joint initiative by the Department for Transport, UK Space Agency and Civil Aviation Authority supported by the Health and Safety Executive.

Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson said: “The Space Industry Bill will ensure the UK remains a leading player in the commercial space age by enabling small satellite launch from UK spaceports. The measures in the Bill will help make the UK the most attractive place in Europe for commercial launch and enable UK businesses to capture a growing share of this emerging global market.”

The Government website highlights the main elements of the Bill:

• new powers to license a wide range of spaceflight activities, including vertically-launched rockets, spaceplanes, satellite operation, spaceports and other technologies
• a comprehensive and proportionate regulatory framework to manage risk, ensuring that commercial spaceflight in the UK remains safe
• measures to regulate unauthorised access and interference with spacecraft, spaceports and associated infrastructure, drawing on the UK’s extensive expertise – particularly in aviation security
• measures to promote public safety by providing a regulatory framework to cover operational insurance, indemnity and liability

Visit the Parliament website for a full copy of the Bill.

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