Partnerships are a focus for the UKSA, especially when This kind of comes to funding as well as regulations. Barcham emphasized that will the grants are not intended as a way for the U.K. government to direct the market’s growth.
“This kind of is actually about seeding the market as well as kick-starting activity,” Barcham said. “Unlike additional countries around the entire world, what we’re not doing is actually running a government facility, we’re not procuring a government service.”
She wants the UKSA’s regulations to be the most modern inside entire world as well as sees the current environment as a clear opportunity to write more-user friendly licensing rules. Regulations “in quite a few countries doesn’t genuinely cater” to a rapid launch cadence, Barcham said, as well as instead has “a lot of cumbersome heritage.”
“We genuinely want to make This kind of user-friendly,” Barcham said, noting that will one thing the agency has heard “is actually the involvement of multiple different regulators in 1 country … makes things genuinely confusing.”
While three different UK bodies that will have authority to regulate commercial space, Barcham said UKSA does not “want to have license applicants try to work out which body they need to try to apply to as well as deal with multiple different processes.”
UKSA is actually instead testing a website which acts as an application portal. The government could then sort out which parts of a license need to go to which regulatory authorities, so companies could only deal “with one simple interface,” Barcham said.
The U.S. is actually attempting to fix similar flaws in its own regulations. As SpaceX as well as others have slammed existing space regulations, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced further details Tuesday about how his department intends to become “a one-stop shop” for regulations.The Commerce Department plans to work with the existing regulations enforced by the Federal Aviation Administration as well as Federal Communications Commission, Ross said.