Satellites are the greenest form of communication in the world. Britain’s leadership in green satellite technology can help us create the most dynamic low-carbon economy in the world.
The main emission in launch is steam – the main fuel of today’s launchers is hydrogen and oxygen. Once up there, out of the Earth’s atmosphere, satellites run on sunshine. So too can much of today’s communications infrastructure.
Increasingly, the world is turning to space as a green alternative to energy-intensive terrestrial networks. By 2025, UKspace estimates that the UK’s carbon footprint can be cut by 6 million tonnes through smarter use of satellites.
But the green story extends far further. Satellite navigation – once the preserve of luxury cars – is fast becoming a key part of building intelligent transport networks, cutting congestion and boosting productivity. Satellites can also calculate the carbon footprint of the global economy, and of you.