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Next steps for the UK space sector – regulation, commercialisation and international partnerships

2nd December 2020 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

This online conference (hosted by the Westminster Business Forum) will examine key developments, policy priorities and next steps for the UK space sector. The discussion will bring together stakeholders together with key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; the Cabinet Office; the UK Space Agency; the European Space Agency; the MOD; Defence Airspace and Air Traffic Management; DIT; DCMS; Ofcom; Defra; the Home Office; the Government Legal Department; and the Welsh Government.

Among the speakers will be UKspace Chair, Nick Shave, and Chair of the Space Growth Partnership Graham Peters (formerly UKspace Chair).


  • The development and regulation of commercial spaceflight in the UK
  • Commercialising the UK’s space sector – the Artemis programme, spaceport development and spaceflight regulation
    • Developing and utilising funding for UK spaceports
    • The future regulatory framework for the sector
    • Progress with plans for UK spaceflight
    • Plans for commercial flights in the UK
    • Space flight operations and manufacturing
  • Strengthening international partnerships and cooperation
  • Supporting a sustainable space sector – skills, collaboration, innovation and safety
    • Developing the skills and workforce to meet sector needs
    • Collaboration between government and industry to achieve growth in the sector
    • Defence, space and the MOD’s role as a customer to the industry
    • Mitigating the impact of space weather and space debris
    • Improving telecommunications and connectivity
  • Next steps for the UK’s space sector

Download a copy of the full agenda

Areas for discussion:

  • sector development – addressing the skills gap, access to finance and efficient use of government funding, and priorities for the regulatory framework
  • spaceflight regulation – establishing commercial vertical and horizontal small satellite launch, sub-orbital space flight and space tourism from UK spaceports
  • the National Space Council – priorities for its role in joining up policy in areas such as security, international partnerships and governance
  • spaceports – next steps for development and assessing the impact of the US-UK Technology Safeguards Agreement and next steps
  • innovation – including the impact of the National Space Innovation Programme the way forward for projects in Earth observation and communications, what it means for international partnerships
  • insurance and liabilities:
    • the Unlocking commercial spaceflight for the UK consultation – on proposed liabilities, insurance and charging requirements in line with the Space Industry Act 2018
    • Government Actuary’s Department work on setting insurance requirements and providing risk analysis for this new frontier for the spaceflight launch industry in the UK
  • the Artemis Programme:
    • the opportunity – what the UK’s role in the mission means for long term collaboration with NASA missions, and the UK’s wider international positioning in space sector development
    • partnership development – strategies and priorities for how collaboration works, including IP and data sharing, use of resources, and safe operations
    • best practice – discussing the Artemis Accords and concerns raised over national partner priorities in the programme, looking to the far future and potential commercial interests in space in areas such as extraction of resources and compliance with the Outer Space Treaty
  • wider global partnerships:
    • the National Space Innovation Programme – and the way forward for international space collaboration projects between industry, academia and research
    • global challenges – the UK space sector’s role in areas such responding to climate change, disaster relief, tackling human trafficking and epidemics, and reducing space debris
    • Europe and other key international space clusters – options for both ensuring UK companies can expand into other markets and are able to attract international investment and talent
  • UK satellite navigation and timing capability – the way forward as the UK’s Global Navigation Satellite System (UK GNSS) Programme concludes including:
    • the future capability of the system for energy networks and communications, as well as for maritime, aviation and defence
    • ways to deliver satellite navigation services including using satellites at different orbits
    • the impact on the domestic space industry
  • defence – priorities for the UK space defence strategy and tackling emerging space-based threats to commercial and military satellites, and the role that the MoD and other government and public bodies can play as anchor customers
  • skills – with the launch of the first Space Engineering Technician apprenticeships in England from the beginning of next year, the space sector looking to create 30,000 jobs

Policy officials attending: Places have been reserved by the BEIS; the Cabinet Office; the UK Space Agency; the European Space Agency; the Ministry of DefenceDefence Airspace and Air Traffic Management; the Department for International Trade; the Government Legal DepartmentDCMS; Defra; the Geospatial Commission; the Home Office; the Intellectual Property OrganisationOfcom; and the Welsh Government.

Further details and registration


2nd December 2020
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
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