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Government releases First National Space Security Policy

by AprilSix Proof

Strategy sets out plans to achieve a £40bn UK space industry by 2030

The first National Space Security Policy (NSSP) was announced on Thursday, authored by Ministers David Willetts (Universities and Science), Philip Dunne (Defence Equipment, Support and Technology), David Lidington (State, Europe and NATO) and James Brokenshire (Immigration and Security).

Building on the central role that space-based capabilities will play in the UK’s economy and national security, the NSSP sets out “how we will ensure our national access to these

services, embrace opportunities which enhance our security and prosperity and make the United Kingdom more resilient to the risks of operating in space.”

The report outlines four key objectives:

• To make the United Kingdom more resilient to the risk of disruption to space services and capabilities, including from space weather

• To enhance the United Kingdom’s national security interests through space

• To promote a safe and more secure space environment

• To enable industry and academia to exploit science and grasp commercial opportunities in support of national space security interests

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