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The space strategy of Britain stalled, but the spaceport is building

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The new space strategy of the United Kingdom was to be published at the end of 2018. However, today there is not even an interim report of one of the most important documents for the future of Britain.




The strategy should identify steps in space research and UK launches over the next few years. The aerospace technology industry is becoming increasingly important in recent years, when several countries have immediately indicated their ambitions for airless space, and Russia and China have increased their advantage in hypersonic technology.

For many months, analysts and industry have been waiting for the release of a new space strategy for the United Kingdom. However, there is still no report, even though Secretary of Defense Gavin Williamson promised that he will be released before the end of 2018.

According to the Deputy Chief of Staff of Great Britain, the government plans to issue an interim report in the spring and summer period, and the final document will be published closer to the end of the year, after the government concludes a comprehensive review of expenses, which will determine the budget of London for the next few years.

Lockheed Martin wins contract to build spaceport in Scotland

The representative of the General Staff of Britain calls the reason for the refusal to publish a desire to saturate the document with financial content and specifics.

I am guilty of postponing it, and I think it will be difficult for us to put forward something significant before a review of expenses, to be honest


- He added, believing that the industry should feel more confident, knowing that real money will be included in the document, as it will be released after a review of expenses.

During an interview with the Defense News, a high-ranking military official outlined several priority areas on which the strategy will be based.

Firstly, this is the development of the geostationary orbit to support the British "constellation" of communication satellites Skynet.

Second, the closing the gap in opportunities after the UK exits the Galileo navigation satellite program. The fact that the UK is actually out of the project, he confirmed in the same interview.

Recently, the United Kingdom is trying to increase its presence in space, and, gradually moving away from the EU, it is building stronger ties with the United States. Crown chose Lockheed Martin as a consulting company to help design its first domestic commercial space center in Melnes, Scotland. The object may be of interest to US forces who are looking for funds to launch satellites into orbit.

The first launch from the spaceport is scheduled for the beginning of 2020's.

The countdown to the first launch of an orbital rocket from the land of Great Britain officially began.


- said Patrick Wood, executive director of Lockheed Martin space programs in the UK.

The UK's previous space strategy from 2015 of the year envisaged the occupation of 10 percent of the industry by 2030.

The launch pad is being developed by the Scottish government agency for economic and community development, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, with Lockheed providing "strategic support and guidance."

Although the spaceport is not focused on defense programs, the US military and several other customers are interested in using commercial space launches to place military satellites in orbit.

Low-orbital machines have recently become more and more common, they are interested in both Britain and the United States.
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  1. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins April 8 2019 16: 02
    +2
    And we have already built a cosmodrome, but the space strategy still stalled!)))) laughing
    1. 210ox
      210ox April 8 2019 16: 09
      +1
      Not yet built. Surely for the very reason.
    2. Mordvin 3
      Mordvin 3 April 8 2019 16: 11
      0
      Quote: Leader of the Redskins
      but the space strategy still stalled!))))

      I can't wait to hear from the site "Made by Us" about successes in outer space. Maybe by April 12, they will write something?
      1. donavi49
        donavi49 April 8 2019 16: 24
        +4
        Reporting from a banquet? Pugachev wasn’t enough ... recourse
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      2. Greg Miller
        Greg Miller April 8 2019 17: 13
        +2
        Yes, on this site "Made by us" the production of one (!!!) lathe at a plant in Russia is presented as a mega success of the entire machine building ....
    3. smart ass
      smart ass April 8 2019 16: 12
      +3
      Rogozin to help you need to send the Britons
    4. Cowbra
      Cowbra April 8 2019 16: 16
      +2
      She stalled at all after the collapse of the USSR. What is a breakthrough in space exploration since?
      And 30 years passed, soon, years.
      1. donavi49
        donavi49 April 8 2019 16: 34
        +5
        Well, what is considered a breakthrough? Minibuses to the Mars mining town for 500 rubles / person? What are the criteria?

        Is drilling on another planet a breakthrough? Or long-lasting surface missions of robots?


        Is Hayabusa-2's mission to Ryugo a breakthrough?


        Is Rosetta's work a breakthrough?
        Is Kepler and a bunch of open planets a breakthrough? And the continuation with the latest TESS - even more accurately and massively? Let me remind you before Kepler - it was believed that our system, if not unique, then belongs to the group of only a few% of systems with a set of planets. Now we know that systems like ours are the norm. And literally within walking distance there are rocky planets, there are unique systems - which I really want to feel / explore more.

        Is the mission to the Giants - Cassini / Juneau - a breakthrough? Long lasting. With a huge baggage of discoveries and fundamental data.
        1. Cowbra
          Cowbra April 8 2019 16: 42
          -4
          All you called is cosmetics. The rover is where the probes landed half a century ago - not much has left the probes and the Lunokhod. Replacing one telescope with another is a rzhach, as well as replacing one station with another, however, the second, the ISS, with the strained bunch built the entire planet, and the first - one country.
          What we have? Drilling? When did they drill on the moon? We have a banal increase in the number of satellites in orbit with some improvement in technology. Very scanty, by the way, if you look at the project to develop a peaceful atom, launched at about the same time.
          Nichrome for 30 years has not really been done - stasis. Even the assembly slipway in orbit, and this is actually a condition for launching an inhabited station to the Moon, is now no closer than 30 years ago, as Tortila said
          1. donavi49
            donavi49 April 8 2019 17: 13
            +5
            Well, this can be continued:
            telescopes - so after the Newtonian telescope and the Reber radio telescope, nothing new! So in fact from the 17 century stagnation laughing .

            In fact - at the current technological level = people = politics. Even to the moon. A robot can sleep a year or two, can survive shock doses of radiation, it does not need to eat / drink / breathe.

            Otherwise, new engines are needed. Need new materials. New approaches are needed. And, most importantly, practical expediency. For political = it is to drive a flag. That is, a nuclear power plant - for example, has a factor for improvement, it is practically advisable and the benefits are obtained immediately. AMS - similarly, they bring a lot of everything, a bunch of discoveries, research and knowledge, and they are now on the crest of progress.
            1. Cowbra
              Cowbra April 8 2019 18: 09
              -4
              This is called "before ... digging to the rivets", the reenactors do not like these very much. Have you named a breakthrough in 30 years? Well, go to ... Rivets
        2. Lieutenant Senior
          Lieutenant Senior April 9 2019 02: 19
          0
          As they say, all this is filmed in a pavilion on Earth, and not in space))
      2. nosferatu
        nosferatu April 9 2019 06: 04
        0
        It stalled only in Russia, in other countries development is going on! Mars rovers, asteroid exploration, private space and so on.
  2. maw
    maw April 8 2019 16: 08
    -1
    Although the spaceport is not focused on defense programs, the US military and several other customers are interested in using commercial space launches to place military satellites in orbit.
    Is Venezuelan gold being built?
  3. Cananecat
    Cananecat April 8 2019 16: 14
    0
    But the word "low-orbit" strains me. So soon we will grow up to low-orbit traffic lights, and the Naglo-Saxons also have a right-hand drive ...)))
    1. Mordvin 3
      Mordvin 3 April 8 2019 16: 37
      0
      Quote: Canecat
      But the word "low-orbit" strains me.

      Such missiles were launched by the Hydrometeorological Center in the USSR twice a day. wink
  4. boathouse
    boathouse April 8 2019 16: 18
    +2
    If their construction "stalls" because of the "development" of the budget, you must immediately offer your help. The effect will be immediate and stunning. The experience is gigantic.
  5. donavi49
    donavi49 April 8 2019 16: 19
    +5
    By the way, a bit of space. The Israeli apparatus successfully completed a number of key maneuvers, made a couple of photos, the official landing was on 11 of April (by 12 of April - to stick a flag and send a photo-video good )
    1. nosferatu
      nosferatu April 9 2019 06: 05
      +2
      I remember the last time cheers patriots rejoiced at the failure of the Israeli apparatus! And he flew by!
  6. Wedmak
    Wedmak April 8 2019 16: 24
    0
    That's right with the location of Britain to build a spaceport in Scotland. Latitude is slightly less than Plesetsk. And what were they going to get out of there? At a time when everyone is torn to the equator.
  7. Simon
    Simon April 8 2019 16: 26
    0
    Recently, the UK is trying to increase its presence in space.

    That's why the British "privatized" the capital of our oligarchs! Apparently they don't have enough money. laughing
  8. APASUS
    APASUS April 8 2019 19: 21
    0
    The UK is leaving the EU, the issue of compensation has not yet been resolved, and even if the British manage to minimize payments in favor of the EU, it seems that they still can’t avoid a crisis in the economy. So far, it’s not clear that the government and May have a concrete idea of ​​what they are doing.
  9. bone1
    bone1 April 8 2019 19: 44
    0
    A dark country, even a space strategy still can not write laughing
  10. akudr48
    akudr48 April 8 2019 20: 14
    +1
    The space strategy of Britain stalled, but the spaceport is building

    Good headline. Universal. Suitable for us.

    Russia's space strategy has stalled, but they are building a spaceport. Slowly. Where to rush ...
  11. AVA77
    AVA77 April 8 2019 20: 45
    +1
    Well, Britain will leave somewhere, either into space or from the EU wink
  12. zyablik.olga
    zyablik.olga April 9 2019 05: 54
    0
    Maybe someone forgot, but the British already had the Woomera cosmodrome in Australia.
  13. Top Gun
    Top Gun April 9 2019 07: 36
    0
    Quote: Mordvin 3
    I can't wait to hear from the site "Made by us" about success


    Do you believe them? Naive person. Somehow I came across a topic on which I worked, I laughed for so long.
  14. Old26
    Old26 April 9 2019 13: 11
    +2
    Quote: Cowbra
    She stalled at all after the collapse of the USSR. What is a breakthrough in space exploration since?
    And 30 years passed, soon, years.

    China, for example, pulled ahead. And over the past year shows successes to which both we and the Americans went eating not years, then decades (orbital stations)

    Quote: mordvin xnumx
    Quote: Canecat
    But the word "low-orbit" strains me.

    Such missiles were launched by the Hydrometeorological Center in the USSR twice a day. wink

    Our Gmdrometeocenter launched geophysical rockets. As for the British, it actually became a space power on October 28.101971, 4, launching its Prospero satellite on its own Black Arrow rocket from the Woomera test site (cosmodrome), it never launched ANY ROCKETS. And out of XNUMX launches of "Black Arrow" only one was successful. Now they are developing their new rocket
    Orbex. This is a small orbital liquid fuel launch vehicle developed by Orbex Space.

    The Orbex Prime booster boasts an unusual combination of liquid oxygen fuel and biopropane, a propane version derived from biomass with a very low carbon footprint.
    Plans to launch one launch in 2021 rockets Orbex prime and two in 2023

    Quote: Wedmak
    That's right with the location of Britain to build a spaceport in Scotland. Latitude is slightly less than Plesetsk. And what were they going to get out of there? At a time when everyone is torn to the equator.

    Mostly their rocket OrbexOrbex Prime, more precisely, is designed to inject 150 kilograms into a standard 500-kilometer sun-synchronous orbit. The launch site in A'Mhoine, Sutherland, Scotland was chosen as the location of the cosmodrome.