UK Space Agency
The UK Space Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and at the heart of UK efforts to explore space, exploit space-based applications and technology, and support academic and industrial communities.
The UK Space Agency was launched officially on 23 March 2010 and became a full executive agency of BIS on 1 April 2011. On this date the responsibility for all space activities was transferred from a number of bodies, including government departments, Research Councils and non-departmental public bodies. The Agency therefore became responsible for the whole of the UK space activities. Representatives of the above bodies were invited to join the Space Leadership Council, which advises the Minister. A Steering Board was established to advise the Chief Executive, and an Audit Committee to provide guidance and formal oversight. The Chief Executive chairs an Executive Board, which is comprised of UK Space Agency directors.
The UK Space Agency also interfaces with other departments on security and military programmes. Although it does not manage these programmes directly, the UK Space Agency is kept informed and involved in decisions relating to the programmes as necessary.
Collaboration lies at the heart of the UK Space Agency ethos and applies across Government as well as to external organisations including European and global partners such as the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Union, national space agencies and the United Nations.