LONDON, Sept. 27 (Xinhua Guo Shuang) The British government on the 27th released the first national space strategy, aimed at 27 to build Britain into a world-class space power, to promote the development of the country's space industry.
The British government said the same day, this is the Uk's first national space strategy, its long-term vision is to create "one of the world's most innovative and attractive space economy, so that the United Kingdom as a space nation, leading the way in science and technology, protect and defend Britain's interests in space, the use of space technology to solve domestic and global challenges."
Under the strategy, the UK plans to promote innovation and development of UK space companies by freeing up private financing, inspire the next generation through cutting-edge research and maintain the UK's competitive edge in space science and technology.
To achieve these goals, the strategy highlights "four key pillars", namely, unlocking the UK's growth potential in space, international cooperation as the "preferred international partner for space activities", working together through space missions and supporting space technology to meet global challenges, developing the UK into a "technological superpower", and developing resilient space capabilities and services to ensure that critical infrastructure is protected by a range of space technologies.
The strategy also sets priority development areas for the coming years, including launching the first rocket from the UK in 2022, becoming a European leader in small commercial satellite launches by 2030, and using space technology to tackle climate change.
In recent years, Britain has begun to push for space. The UK space industry is now worth more than 16.4 billion pounds a year, or about 6% of the global space market. Under the latest strategy, the UK plans to increase that figure to 10% by 2030. (Complete)