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Earth Observation (Applications and Missions) Committee

The UKSpace Earth Observation Committee (EOC) meets approximately 4 times a year and looks at matters relating to institutional and commercial EO, including the ESA, Eumetsat and European Union Copernicus EO programmes.  All aspects of EO are in scope, from new EO  satellite developments, R&D programmes, EO/climate services. Where appropriate, we liaise with the UK Space Agency, the Satellite Applications Catapult, the UK Met Office and BARSC.

  • Chair: Martin Townend (Thales Alenia Space)
  • Vice Chair: Chetan Pradhan (earth-i)
Position, Navigation and Timing Committee - Joint techUK/UKspace

The joint techUK / UKspace Position, Navigation and Timing Committee (PNTC) is a cross-industry group that focuses on the technology, regulatory and policy issues related to the current and future global PNT roadmap. The group also leads on assessing the development and investment opportunities within the infrastructure domain and the exploration of emerging applications and services enabled by location based technologies.

  • Chair: Richard Bowden (QinetiQ)
  • Vice Chair: Mark Dumville (Nottingham Scientific Ltd)
Satellite Telecommunications Committee - Joint techUK/UKspace

The joint techUK/UKspace Satellite Telecommunications Committee (STC) looks at matters related to satellite telecoms from research and development, including the European ARTES programme, to services and applications including the provision and marketing of satellite broadband and broadcasting infrastructure and services both in the UK and overseas.

The committee works together with the techUK Communications and Policy Council, especially on spectrum issues. techUK members may also like to consider joining the UK Spectrum Policy Forum.

  • Chair: Kumar Singarajah (Viasat)
Security and Defence Committee

The UKspace Security and Defence Committee (SDC) maintains an overview of all defence and broader security interests affecting the sector. The committee has good working relations with MOD and its agencies, and frequently has guest speakers to keep members abreast of latest developments and thinking in the department.

  • Chair: Nick Shave (Inmarsat)
  • Vice Chair: Simon Walker (Thales Alenia Space)

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Space Science and Exploration Committee

The UKspace Space Science and Exploration Committee (SSEC) addresses matters relating to national and international Space Science programmes, and Human and Robotics Exploration of the Solar System. The principal topics are the ESA mandatory Space Science Programme (which covers all science missions except Earth Observation) and the ESA optional Exploration Programmes (which include the exploration of the Moon and Mars, plus microgravity science and the International Space Station). The committee works with the UK Space Agency to provide an industrial perspective on ESA and UK Programmes and on national contributions to ESA, NASA, JAXA etc science missions. Meetings are normally attended by UK Space Agency programme managers, while the Chair and Vice-Chair normally represent industry on the UK Space Agency SEAC and SPAC consultation bodies.

  • Chair: Matt Cosby (Goonhilly)
  • Vice Chair: Roger Ward (TAS)

Working Groups

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Political Affairs Group (PAG)

The Political Affairs Group is the  focal point for UKspace to engage with UK government and EU institutions on overarching space policy issues.

The objective is to secure an aligned and politically supported strategy for the future of UK space industry, including,  as far possible, a stable and competitive post-Brexit relationship with the EU, ESA and other relevant organisations in the best interests of UKspace members and in close coordination with, UKspace Executive.

  • Chair: Jacquie Conway (Airbus)
  • Vice Chair: Mark Phillips (Lockheed Martin)
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LaunchUK Industry Group (LIG)

The LIG is co-chaired by UKspace and the UK Space Agency, and represents the launch industry community.

It is primarily an information sharing group and enables a dialogue between the launch industry community and the UK Government, ensuring interested parties have the opportunity to inform and advise Government on key issues affecting spaceflight from the UK. The LIG will be an opportunity for members to find out about developments and opportunities presented by the spaceflight programme and how to take advantage of these.

  • Co-Chair: Joanne Wheeler (Alden)
  • Co-Chair: Claire Barcham (UK Space Agency)
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Regulatory Advisory Group

Further information coming soon.

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