UK Parliament Committee head gobsmacked that Italy spends more than UK on space, remembers ‘GPS shutoff’ in Britain

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — British politicians are accustomed to hearing that the UK space program budget falls well behind spending in the United States and China.

They may grumble, but will admit that the UK effort is also less than second-tier space powers like France, Germany and Japan.

But to hear that Britain is in fact a tier-3 nation in space — and is behind Italy! — is apparently too much.

The UK Parliament’s Defence Committee on Sept. 7 held a hearing on Britain’s . . .

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