krou (1027572) writes "Today saw the launch of the new UK Space Agency (UKSA), which will officially come into being on the 1st of April. Its stated goal is to lead to more coherency in space policy, and better decision making, by gradually assuming control over the various budgets and management functions of various government departments and science funding councils. Lord Drayson, the minister for science and innovation, said that 'People in the UK are not aware of just how good Britain is both at space research and in terms of our space industry; [a space agency] is going to make people more aware of that. But in practical terms, it's going to make the decision-making by government in all aspects of space policy much more joined up, better co-ordinated — a single point within government which has responsibility for making sure that we get everything in alignment such that the space research we do, the space industry that we're building, fulfils its true potential.' The government also announced that it is adding £24m to the £16m put up by business to create an International Space Innovation Centre (ISIC) at Harwell in Oxfordshire. The ISIC's goals are: 'exploit the data generated by Earth Observation satellites; use space data to understand and counter climate change; and advise on the security and resilience of space systems and services'. UKSA is widely seen as the first step laid out by the recent Space Innovation and Growth Strategy to capture a bigger share in the global market of space products and services, and create more high-tech jobs."
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