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April 26, 2010 Vol. 3, Issue 4


The United Kingdom officially established a new executive space agency on March 23, 2010.

The UK Space Agency will replace the British National Space Centre and consolidate all UK civil space activities in a single organization.

Science Minister Lord Drayson and Business Secretary Lord Mandelson also announced the construction of the International Space Innovation Centre (ISIC), a facility for the new agency. The ISIC will be built near the recently completed European Space Agency research center at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire.

The United Kingdom spends roughly ₤270 ($410.4 million) on its civil space program, three-quarters of which supports the UK’s contribution to European Space Agency projects.

Learn more about the UK Space Agency.

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