UK Space Agency

The UK Space Agency is at the centre of space research in the UK. It was officially launched on the 23 March 2010, and on the 1 April 2011 became a full executive body of BIS (now Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) ), responsible for all UK space activities.

This is a huge sector, with a turnover of £9.1 billion in 2010/11, and has helped to revolutionise a wide range of crucial areas including telecommunications services, security and TV broadcasting.

Key facts

The UK Space Agency collaborates with research councils, industry, academia and government bodies to successfully establish and exploit a wealth of research in the space sector. It acts as the UK’s representative for international collaborations by managing the UK’s relationship with space agencies and trans-national organisations across the world.

The organisation also ensures that new technology and knowledge is successfully transferred to other sectors and into industry, advancing the development of areas crucial to today’s society, from communications to environmental management.


UK Space Agency
Polaris House
North Star Avenue

Tel: 020 7215 5000
Fax: 01793 41 8099

Last updated: 04 August 2016


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