STATES CHRONICLE – The UK Space Program will imply the launch of its own satellites starting with 2020. The UK will be able to use its space program to launch satellites for the first time from British ground. The new proposal is bound to be publicly announced this week. The new ideas implemented which were highlighted in the Spaceflight Bill will also cover for the operation and establishment spaceports in the UK.
Even if this country has had a fruitful space program for the last 60 years, there still exist some British firms which depend on countries like Japan, India, and the US to launch their satellites. Tariq Ahmad, the UK Aviation Minster has declared on February 20 that they had never launched a spacecraft from the UK before. Their goal is to provide competitive and safe access to space from the UK.
Thus, they will be in the focus of a new commercial space age for the next forty years. The proposals are bound to enter into a market where its profits were estimated at $30 billion during the next twenty years. Moreover, the Department of Transport claimed that this space access for the UK would allow researchers to develop many experiments in zero gravity, being able to develop better antibiotics and vaccines finally.
NASA is currently conducting some experiments aboard the International Space Station to develop a study on how microgravity interacts with the pharmacokinetics and microstructure of drugs. The transport department declared in a statement that these new proposals are meant to help UK scientists to get into space to create new antibiotics and vaccines. There, they will develop differently since there is no gravity.
These flights may also help the development of numerous scientific experiments and exploration on medical problems like aging. This week, the UK expects a draft version of the Spaceflight Bill. Moreover, the proposed rules will be implemented in parliament by the end of this year. The proposals were created on the $10 million grant the government offered to build commercial launch capabilities this month.
Jo Johnson, the minister for universities and science, stated that after the bill is launched this week, they will solidify the position of UK as one of the world leaders concerning this emerging market. Thus, this will offer them the chance to further develop on existing strengths regarding innovation and science.
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