This new department will eventually control all of the existing space capabilities in the country, including UK’s Space Operations Center, RAF Fylingdales and SKYNET (a family of military communications satellites). Also, it will play an important role in ensuring multi domain integration, by working together with other institutions such as the Defense, Science and Technology Laboratory, and the UK Strategic Command.
This news came after the recent launch of the world’s first reprogrammable satellite, which was built in Britain, by Airbus in Portsmouth and Surrey Satellite Technology( SSTL) in Guildford. This new generation satellite is fully reconfigurable and can respond in real time, while in orbit, to evolving requests and needs on Earth. But Britain wants even more than to build highly-advanced satellites. It’s set on soon launching them from British, soil, for the first time in history.
After law regulations, earlier this year, allowed spaceports to be set-up in the UK for the first time, what could become the country’s first satellite launch site, Space Hub Sutherland, has started to be developed. If everything goes according to plan, we could hear about the first satellites to ever be launched from UK soil, as soon as next year.