UK Space Agency Involved in New Communications System Development1st Feb 2022
UK Space Agency Makes History
The UK Space Agency has decided to allocate funds for developing a laser-based satellite communications system. The project was initiated by the Northumbria University Newcastle, and it’s expected to make history. The £650k awarded by the Space Agency should help turn the project into reality. When completed, the communication system will be able to transmit information through its signals nearly 1000 times faster than its competitors.
Other important Nottingham organizations support the project in various ways. Durham University’s Centre for Advanced Instrumentation and satellite communications pioneering company, e2E Group, specialising in this domain are just two examples.
The UK Space Agency project not only aims to facilitate communications through laser technology but also to enable the surveillance of environmental factors such as monitoring and recording temperatures.
Tiny and Powerful
Not even space debris can stop these satellites from transmitting data all across the world due to their relatively small size. This also translates into smaller building costs and easier launches and with total funding nearing £1 million, we can expect them to get even more efficient and powerful in the decades to come.
It’s worth knowing that despite this solo venture, the UK Space Agency is still a member of the European Space Agency, even after Brexit. Both parties are still involved in multiple projects that were launched across the year and continue to thrive.
The UK Space Agency plans to launch multiple satellites into orbit throughout this year and will use this debut version for testing purposes. The research for these CubeSats is only at the very beginning, and scientists are hoping to revolutionise the way we think about data transmission. With help from many funding campaigns led by the UK Space Agency, these companies are heading for a bright future that will ultimately benefit all humanity.