The UK has committed to constructing and financing a new satellite dedicated to supporting scientists in monitoring climate change and natural disasters.
This initiative will see the country collaborating with Portugal and Spain as part of the Atlantic Constellation project, aimed at developing a constellation of satellites for Earth observation.
The United Kingdom has committed to constructing and financing a new satellite, prioritizing support for scientists in monitoring climate change and addressing natural disasters.
This dedication entails collaboration with Portugal and Spain within the framework of the Atlantic Constellation project, which is oriented towards developing a constellation of satellites dedicated to Earth observation.
Andrew Griffith, a minister in the Department for Science, Innovation, and Technology, emphasized, “Earth observation will play a crucial role in addressing global challenges such as climate change and disaster relief. It provides essential data swiftly, supporting key industries in the UK, including agriculture and energy.”
“Collaborating with Open Cosmos on a new satellite and supporting our Atlantic partners, Spain and Portugal, allows us to leverage space technology for our collective objectives. This effort not only creates opportunities for new skills but also generates jobs for the future, contributing to the growth of the UK economy.”
This announcement aligns with the opening day of the UK Space Conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
As part of an earlier development this year, the UK Space Agency solidified an agreement with Axiom Space, a Texas-based company committed to establishing the first-ever commercial space station.
In an imminent space mission, British astronauts are expected to spend up to two weeks in orbit, participating in scientific experiments and educational activities as part of this collaborative initiative.