The UK has joined forces with Australia, Canada and the US to share expertise and resources dedicated to space operations
The new space partnership between the UK, the US, Australia and Canada will allow all four countries to benefit from knowledge and resources in areas such as space situational awareness to assure access to and enhance space capabilities.
The Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology, Philip Dunne, said: “The UK has a proud history of space operations and I am delighted to announce this vital partnership on combined space operations with some of our key allies.”
“By sharing the burden of space operations amongst the partner nations we will all reap the benefits of more effective space operations.”
In a joint statement, the partners have proposed to ‘co-operate on activities such as identifying and understanding what objects are in space, ensuring uninterrupted satellite operations, and the avoidance of satellite collisions’.
The UK armed forces have an increasing reliance on space, making this partnership particularly vital to the way the Ministry of Defence does business.
By collaborating with partners who share a commitment to the responsible and peaceful use of space, the UK can address any challenges in the most effective and efficient way.
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