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Emerging space economies conference garners attention from BBC World Service and coincides with the launch of British satellites


By dxw

The BBC World Service stopped in at Wilton Park today to listen in on discussions at our conference.

Emerging space economies: next steps towards prosperity

Wednesday 9 July – Friday 11 July 2014 (wp1346)

A team from In the Balance – a business discussion programme for the Service, interviewed key international participants in the conference, asking: why invest in space technologies?

Dickson Adomako, Acting Director of Ghana’s Space Science and Technology Institute; Seidu Mohammed, Director General of Nigeria’s National Space Research and Development Agency; and Martin Sweeting, Executive Chairman of Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) all took part in the discussion, identifying ways in which space technology brings benefits to domestic economic growth and a diverse range of sectors.

One of the only industries to have emerged from the financial crisis unscathed, the space industry is viewed as integral to a digital global economy. As space activity grows in importance across a range of government portfolios in many countries, our first look at space policy aimed to provide a timely opportunity for UK and international stakeholders to build engagement around the advantages of space in growing economies, laying the foundations for new partnerships and strengthening those that exist.

The conference also coincided with the launch of two British spacecraft in Kazakhstan, one of which was prepared by SSTL, the second being the first ever satellite made in Scotland by Clyde Space. Both have emerged as a result of government backed programmes designed to fuel the UK space sector with satellites identified as one of the ‘eight great technologies’ Minister’s believe will rebalance the economy.

The BBC broadcast will air at 0732 GMT on Saturday 12 July and will subsequently be available on the In the Balance website.

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Emerging space economies: next steps towards prosperity