UK space policy: Yes on return to Copernicus and a civil/military ISR constellation; national PNT network left twisting in the wind

by Peter B. de Selding


PARIS — The British government on Sept. 27 reiterated its intention to take part in the European Commission's Copernicus Earth observation and Horizon 2020 research programs but offered no encouragement for a national positioning, navigation and timing network.

In publishing its UK National Space Strategy, the government said it will procure a “small constellation” of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance satellites for civil and military use.

The government plans to publish a separate military space strategy paper but has already agreed . . .

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