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Space Exploration Review

Space Exploration Review

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This report provides advice to Ministers on the options open to the UK in the field of space exploration. It was agreed by the Minister for Science and Innovation and the Terms of Reference were approved by the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills in May 2008.

The report builds on the advice offered to BNSC by the UK Space Exploration Working Group in September 2007 and takes account of reports from other expert bodies and discussions with international partners and other experts.
The work was carried out by a small team seconded in to BNSC. The economic analysis was carried out by London Economics who were selected by a competitive bid. The review was overseen by a Steering Committee taken from BNSC, STFC and DIUS.
This report provides advice to Ministers on the options open to the UK in the field of space exploration. It was agreed by the Minister for Science and Innovation and the Terms of Reference were approved by the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills in May 2008.

The report builds on the advice offered to BNSC by the UK Space Exploration Working Group in September 2007 and takes account of reports from other expert bodies and discussions with international partners and other experts.
The work was carried out by a small team seconded in to BNSC. The economic analysis was carried out by London Economics who were selected by a competitive bid. The review was overseen by a Steering Committee taken from BNSC, STFC and DIUS.

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Foreword 
This report provides advice to Ministers on the options open to the UK in the field of space exploration. It was agreed by the Minister for Science and Innovation and theTerms of Reference were approved by the Secretary of State for Innovation,Universities and Skills in May 2008.The report builds on the advice offered to BNSC by the UK Space ExplorationWorking Group in September 2007 and takes account of reports from other expertbodies and discussions with international partners and other experts.The work was carried out by a small team seconded in to BNSC. The economicanalysis was carried out by London Economics who were selected by a competitivebid.The review was overseen by a Steering Committee taken from BNSC, STFC andDIUS
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Review team
, and including an independent member.Jeremy Curtis (STFC) – Review LeaderProf Louise Harra (Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL)Prof John Zarnecki (Open University)Prof Monica Grady (Open University)
For London Economics
Charlotte Duke – Economics Team LeaderRodney Buckland (independent consultant)
Steering Committee
Prof Keith Mason (Chairman UK Space Board, CEO STFC) – ChairmanDr David Williams (DG BNSC)Dr David Parker (Director Space Science and Exploration, BNSC)Mark Beatson (Head of Science and Innovation Analysis, DIUS, now BIS)Lord Alec Broers (independent member)
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DIUS merged with BERR in June 2009 to create the Department of Business Innovation and Skills(BIS)
 
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Table of contents 
1 Executive Summary ............................................................................................... 71.1 The issue ........................................................................................................ 71.2 Timing ............................................................................................................ 71.3 Options ........................................................................................................... 71.4 Background and Rationale ............................................................................. 81.5 Analysis.......................................................................................................... 81.6 Option 1 Reduced option .......................................................................... 101.7 Option 2 The current position ................................................................... 121.8 Option 3 Enhanced robotic programme .................................................... 121.9 Option 4 Integrated human and robotic programme ................................. 131.10 Conclusions .................................................................................................. 152 Background and issues for the UK ...................................................................... 162.1 Introduction .................................................................................................. 162.2 Overview of this report ................................................................................ 182.3 The wider space scene and the UK's role .................................................... 192.4 What is space exploration? .......................................................................... 212.5 International space exploration scene .......................................................... 252.6 Plans of other nations ................................................................................... 282.7 Commercial players ..................................................................................... 312.8 Opportunities for the UK and UK strengths ................................................ 332.9 Use of space for skills and education ........................................................... 342.10 Current UK space policy and opportunities ................................................. 372.11 Choices for the UK ...................................................................................... 382.12 Summary Points ........................................................................................... 383 Options for UK investment in space exploration ................................................. 403.1 Implementation of options ........................................................................... 413.2 Option 1: Reduced option ............................................................................ 443.3 Option 2: Current baseline option ................................................................ 463.4 Option 3: Enhanced robotic option .............................................................. 503.5 Option 4: Human and robotic option ........................................................... 574 Summary .............................................................................................................. 684.1 Options considered....................................................................................... 684.2 Synthesis of benefits .................................................................................... 694.3 Meeting Government aims ........................................................................... 77

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