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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Making best use of the available Space

An interesting article by Paul Rincon at the BBC:

The British National Space Centre (BNSC) was set up to co-ordinate civil space activities across government.

The BBC has learned that staff will be moved to Swindon to sit with the agencies that fund UK space science.

BNSC will also lose some industrial duties to an agency tasked with fostering innovation in the UK economy.

How does this fit into the current STFC funding crisis debacle and the STFC trend towards space technology? Well this is interesting:

He commented: "This decision is in line with the Lyons review to de-centralise public sector activities outside London.

"As part of the move, the government is proposing to transfer some areas of management and funding of current DIUS-funded space programmes to the Technology Strategy Board."

This all needs some very careful watching.

For light relief this bit made me snigger:

The BNSC came in for robust criticism last year in a report by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.

The committee said the centre lacked leadership and co-ordination; a low profile and poor resources contributed to the problems.

Remind me, who chairs the UK Space board of BNSC?

OK cheap shot, I know.

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