The UK Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on joint activities and information sharing on Space, providing a framework for the exchange of information, technology and personnel between both nations.
The MOU was signed by representatives of both national space agencies in Dubai at the annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC).
British High Commissioner to Canada, Susannah Goshko, said:
“I’m delighted by this agreement to strengthen co-operation between the UK and Canadian Space Agencies. As the UK’s recent Space Strategy made clear, the importance of space to everyday life continues to grow rapidly. It is vital that our two countries work ever closer to understand the risks and opportunities this brings, and jointly benefit from space as a driver of prosperity.”
UK Space Agency chief executive, Dr Paul Bate, also said:
“This alliance will bring further significant benefits to the thriving space industries of the UK and Canada, allowing us to achieve our goals in space through collaborative efforts in research and innovation.”
The UK Government recently launched the National Space Strategy which outlines the long-term plans to grow the UK space sector. The aim is to make Britain a science and technology superpower, including building on manufacturing and technology capacity, attracting investment and working internationally.
The announcement comes after a private foundation announced funding earlier this year to begin an in-depth study for establishing a Canada, Australia, New Zealand & United Kingdom (CANZUK) space agency, which will enhance communications, technology and exploration between the four countries.
CANZUK International welcomes the news of the MOU between Canada and the UK and will continue to work with political partners in exploring space collaboration opportunities between the four CANZUK countries.
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