A series of UK-wide workshops aimed at developing a common industry position across key issues related to a sovereign launch capability have just been delivered by the Scottish Space Leadership Council (SSLC).
They were designed to foster collaboration and a common UK space sector voice for issues of concern during the UK government’s consultation on its Space Industry Regulations, which runs until 21 October and will create secondary legislation under the Space Industry Act 2018.
A report summarising the output of four workshop modules – range and trajectory management and governance, spaceport operations, and launch safety and indemnity – will be published by SSLC and made available on this website in due course.
More than 60 representatives from across the UK space sector, including both industry and academia, attended each of the virtual sessions running throughout 2021.
Government agencies – including the UK Space Agency, Civil Aviation Authority, Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, the Ministry of Defence, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Marine Coastguard Agency and Marine Scotland – were present as observers.
“The industry’s perception is that regulations must promote safety and environmental considerations while still allowing the commercial viability required for the sector to truly thrive. The space industry is therefore keen to seek ways to inform the legislative process and position the UK as a leader in European spaceflight.”
John Innes, Chair of the Scottish Space Leadership Council.
“This workshop series was a fantastic initiative enabling cross-sector input that will ultimately strengthen the UK Space Industry. Collaboration will be the backbone of our next chapter and will help create the regulations for safe and responsible launch.”
Miles Carden, Programme Director at Spaceport Cornwall
“Government, the agencies, industry and academia enthusiastically rallying around the common purpose of making launch a success; great news for the UK”
Mark Roberts, Spaceport One
“We were delighted to play a part in the recent Range workshops run by SSLC, it was important to bring all parts of the UK Space industry together to start to craft a range solution that will suit all.”
Scott Hammond, Shetland Space Centre
“The workshops were a great success. SSLC provided a valuable opportunity for key players in Scotland’s space sector to share knowledge and experience while learning from specialists in a range of subjects.”
Roy Kirk, Space Hub Sutherland
“The sector’s success will be determined by how well we collaborate, these workshops are a great start.”
Mick O’Connor, Prestwick Spaceport Programme Director