This page provides links to hot topics associated with Space Group activities, including government initiatives, major space milestones and other strategically important news.

Space in 2014

For details of space highlights expected during 2014, please click here

Gravity - The Movie

The new movie starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock releases in the UK on 8th November 2013. The movie highlights the problem of space debris, a subject which was debated by world experts at a conference entitled: "Space Traffic Control - Is the Space Debris Problem Solvable?" in June at the RAeS.

The RAeS has also issued a statement highlighting the issue.

Innovation and Growth Strategy

In November 2013 the UK space industry proposed an updated action plan to deliver new jobs and growth to the sector. The action plan proposes measures designed to enable the UK to develop an even more supportive business environment. A response by government is expected in March 2014.  

In the February issue of the RAeS AEROSPACE magazine Geoff Busswell provides an overview of this Action Plan, including a reaction from Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides to the news that the UK has set out an ambition to have a spaceport by 2018. A pdf of this article is available here.

UK Space Conference

Every two years the UK holds a space conference attracting more than 500 delegates to hear the country’s leading space personalities.  The event is accompanies by an extensive exhibition and is the venue for the Sir Arthur Clarke Awards ceremony.  The 2013 conference took place in Glasgow from 15 to 17 July.  Highlights can be found here.  The next conference will be in October 2015 at a venue to be defined.  Watch this space for an announcement about a special event to be held in 2014, i.e. one year before the next full conference.

Britain's Space Industry

The scale and nature of Britain’s space industry is outlined in an October 2012 report sponsored by the UK Space Agency – accessible here

UK Space Agency

A new Chief Executive took over at the UK Space Agency at the start of 2013.  The organisational structure of the Agency has been adapted to take account of his promotion from one level down and of its evolving priorities – details can be found here