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Spaceflight: Research

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the European Union, Brazil, India, China, the US and Russia on cooperation in international space programmes. (297095)

In May earlier this year I attended the sixth Space Council of European Ministers with responsibility for space, which included discussions on the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security initiative (GMES).

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what UK space projects the Government is (a) fully and (b) partially funding. (297097)

The Government are fully funding the two UK space projects: Topsat—a technology demonstrator small satellite launched at the end of 2006, and Starbrook—a system for monitoring satellites in geo-stationary and other orbits.

The Government are also partially funding the Disaster Monitoring Constellation UK space project.

In addition, the Government are fully funding a number of discrete instruments or experiments on multi-national space projects, and the MOD continues to fund existing space-related capabilities including Skynet, RAF Fylingdales and the Space Operations Coordination Centre.