Even after leaving the European Union through Brexit, United Kingdom is still willing to stay with Copernicus Earth observation programme of EU. All the member states of European Union are making an advanced satellite system to monitor the condition of Earth. The UK is playing a crucial role in this programme. #Greg Clark (Business Secretary) said, “He wants this participation to continue in the future as well”. His comment came soon after #Airbus UK assigned its most recent satellite for EU’s Copernicus programme. The new spacecraft is named as Sentinel-5 Precursor. The key function of this satellite will be to create worldwide maps of particles and gases in the Earth’s atmosphere for #tracking the climate change and pollution. It will be launched in September on the Russian rocket.
According to Clark, the accomplishment of Copernicus programme and Sentinel-5 Precursor of United Kingdom reveals that Britain and EU members can accomplish their target with collaboration. Our universities and organizations should continue their participation in these European Union space programmes. Moreover, the UK should keep investing in space sector and must ensure that there are sufficient skills and infrastructure for #capturing 10% of worldwide space market. United Kingdom wants to achieve this target by 2030.
The Key Components of Copernicus Programme
- It is a project of European Union that is carried out with the help of #EU Space Agency.
- It aims to monitor the data of entire Earth, from ground to space.
- Several up to date spacecrafts will be used. Some of them are already in space whereas others are yet to take off.
- This programme is very useful for all those scientists who are working on climate change.
- It is also significant for natural disasters such as fires, floods, earthquakes, etc.
- Its data will also assist the formulation and implementation of European Union policies.
Collaboration of United Kingdom with European Union States
The UK has shown intention to keep assisting EU states with respect to space and science beyond March 2019. The ministers of United Kingdom have also talked in the favor of Copernicus participation. Jo Johnson (Science Minister) declared a #huge investment of £100 million in the satellite-testing program in Oxfordshire. The key government departments of UK like MoD, Business and Defra are working hard to keep participating in Copernicus programme. Of course, negotiations with other European Union states will be required to continue participation.
Until now, #5 Sentinels are launched in the space and 5P will be the upcoming satellite. It is a multi-billion euro project. 70% funds of this project are obtained from European Commission whereas 30% funds are provided by #European Space Agency (ESA) that works as procurement and technical agency. The membership of Britain with ESA will remain intact despite of its separation from EU. Space companies of the UK have great skills and expertise in order to keep a strong position in #Copernicus Earth programme. In the next 2-3 years, these companies will grab more business from the space projects.