I’ve previously posted about the possibility of a British Space Agency and amazingly, it is it going to happen! The name of the ‘UK Space Agency’ (or UKSA) and its logo, as shown below were recently announced at a conference in London.
The British… well, UK space agency will come into being on the 1st of April (here is me hoping it is not an elaborate April’s fool joke) and will take full responsibility for all government policy and budget decisions regarding space exploration, research and travel.
“People in the UK are not aware of just how good Britain is both at space research and in terms of our space industry; [a space agency] is going to make people more aware of that,”
“But in practical terms, it’s going to make the decision-making by government in all aspects of space policy much more joined up, better co-ordinated – a single point within government which has responsibility for making sure that we get everything in alignment such that the space research we do, the space industry that we’re building, fulfils its true potential.”
Source: BBC News
As someone who is find the idea of space travel fantastic, I’m glad to see Britain getting its own space agency. Hopefully this will push more official space missions.
Although to be fair, the British public are not doing too bad on their own, with a guy called Robert Harrison taking some amazing photos of space, with a device which cost no more than £500!
Take a look at the photo his budget space exploration device below. If you want to, you can browse the entire Icarus Project photo collection on Flickr, or read some more about his space photography ventures.
Are you British? Tell me what you think of the Space Agency. Incredibly cool, or not?