to: 22 Jul 2020




The UK Spaceflight Programme, LaunchUK, is creating opportunities for space companies from around the world and throughout the supply chain to contribute to, and benefit from, the commercial opportunities offered by the UK’s burgeoning space sector.

To support this ambition, a number of international activities are underway that are critical to the success of the programme.

The recent signing of the Technology Safeguards Agreement (TSA) has paved the way for US companies to operate from UK spaceports and export space launch technology, enabling access to revenues and customers previously unavailable. This is complemented by proactive discussions with neighbouring states to coordinate any necessary government-to-government agreements on UK launch. Elsewhere, the UK remains in close dialogue with several European competitors pursuing small scale commercial launch to share best practice and promote European launch as the world’s best.

All this builds upon the UK’s well established international relationships and reputation for high regulatory standards, helping further cement the UK as Europe’s most attractive destination for commercial spaceflight activities.

This 60-minute session is an opportunity to find out more about the UK’s Spaceflight programme and the safeguards, protections and international agreements that are being established to ensure its success.

This session is part of the Virtual FIA 2020 and further details of the event can be found on the FIA website.

Session outline:

  • General programme overview and introductions – Ian Annett, Deputy CEO of UK Space Agency
  • International co-operation: US TSA and international agreements – Andrew Kuh, Head of International Spaceflight Policy, UK Space Agency
  • Spaceport Cornwall: Importance of TSA to their ambitions and work with Virgin Orbit – Miles Carden, Director of Spaceport Cornwall
  • Regulatory alignment: How UK regulations align with the US FAA and other international protocols – Paul Cremin, Commercial Spaceflight and Regulation Policy Lead, DfT
  • Q&A
  • Summary/close