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Space Research

Volume 978: debated on Friday 15 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will list the space research projects which his Department sponsors both within the United Kingdom and with the European Space Agency; and how much is being spent on each of these in the financial year 1979–80.

£'000£'000
(i) NATIONAL AND COLLABORATIVE MISSIONS
Satellites in orbit—
ARIEL V (United Kingdom satellite)30
ARIEL VI (United Kingdom satellite)354
IUE (international ultraviolet explorer)60
Satellite in preparation (in collaboration with NASA and the Netherlands)—IRAS (infra-red astronomy satellite)628
Studies of future projects61
Sounding rockets1,121
2,254
(ii) OTHER MISSIONS CARRYING UNITED KINGDOM EXPERIMENTS
ESA mission
GEOS 1
ISEE-2
GEOS 2
EXOSAT
ISPM
NASA missions
SMM
SPACELAB
NIMBUS
PIONEER
VOYAGER
ARIES
COPERNICUS
EINSTEIN OBSERVATORY
These experiments are funded by research grants to universities by the Science Research Council (£1,512,000) and by expenditure in Science Research Council establishments (£274,000)1,786
(iii) UNITED KINGDOM CONTRIBUTION TO THE ESA SCIENCE PROGRAMME8,029
Total12,069