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Jane Imrie

UK space sector innovation to be boosted with new six-figure funding

New six-figure funding has been made available to support innovation in the space industry.

The joint funding call, which opens today from the UK Space Agency and Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), will facilitate and encourage collaboration between industry and academia, and support new entrants to the space sector.

The £375k Technology for Space Science fund will boost technology that will support the exploration of our universe through space-based astronomy, cosmology, solar system science and astrophysics.

Charles McCausland, head of major projects and technology development at UK Space Agency, commented: “The UK has been at the forefront of some of the most influential space missions of recent times – and we want to build on that.

“This funding will provide pioneering minds with the support they need to develop cutting-edge technology that will help advance the UK a global leader in space science.”

Dr Colin Vincent, associate director of astronomy within STFC’s Programmes Directorate, added: “STFC is committed to supporting new technologies to ensure the UK is leading innovations essential to future science missions in space.

“We are delighted to partner with the UK Space Agency in this scheme and look forward to the exciting ideas and partnerships it will generate.”

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