UKSA (UK Space Agency)

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The United Kingdom Space Agency (UKSA) is an executive agency of the Government of the United Kingdom, responsible for the United Kingdom's civil space programme. It was established on 1 April 2010 to replace the British National Space Center and took over responsibility for government policy and key budgets for space exploration,and represents the United Kingdom in all negotiations on space matters. It is initially operating from the existing BNSC headquarters in Swindon, Wiltshire. The establishment of the UK Space Agency was announced by Lord Mandelson, Lord Drayson and astronaut Major Timothy Peake at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Center on 23 March 2010.

The UK Space Agency took over the following responsibilities from other government organizations: All responsibilities, personnel, and assets of the British National Space Centre. ESA subscriptions from Natural Environment Research Council, Science and Technology Facilities Council and Technology Strategy Board, including project grants and post-launch support. UK elements of the space components of Global Monitoring for Environment and Security, and the Galileo satellite navigation system. The financial interest in the European Union Satellite Centre. Space technology and instrumentation funding from the Research Councils UK and Technology Strategy Board.

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