Quite soon from now, British scientists may be expanding their research outreach. More exactly, they could start carrying out medical experiments from up in space. They may do so as the UK authorities are looking to launch a new space program.
Earlier this week, the United Kingdom Space Agency released a statement. This was posted on the official UK Government page. In the post, the aerospace agency presented some potential future developments. All these opportunities and ideas may come true after the passing of some new laws.
These laws would help set up a new space program. This would help develop the UK Space Agency. Presently, this lacks some of the key features which would have allowed it to expand its studies.
But if the new laws are passed, this new space program might open up the path towards innovative experiments. For example, the UK scientists could start carrying out medical experiments in zero gravity.
The UK space agency may even build its own spaceport. This could be constructed and start being used as soon as 2020.
By establishing its own spaceport, this new space program could start carrying our regular launches. Which may also lead to constant experiments and tests. Subsequently, it may allow for a faster innovations and success rate.
From this spaceport, the UK could launch its very own satellites. And it may also start conducting “horizontal flights”. These would have as a target “the edge of space” as they try to carry out scientific experiments.
Lord Ahmad, the UK Aviation Minister, released a statement on the matter of this new space program. He pointed out that no spaceflight has ever been launched from the UK. But that the local authorities are now looking to change this fact. As such, they are have set out with an ambitious plan.
The UK authorities will be looking to allow and create a competitive and safe access to space. One that could have their country as a base location. In doing so, the UK is looking to reach and maintain itself at the forefront of a new commercial area. They consider that at least 40 years from now, the commercial space age could develop and flourish.
Their new space program may also help boost medical and scientific research. Scientists would have a new space launching pad. And could come to analyze and study important elements in the outer space.
For example, they could observe the behavior of antibiotics and vaccines in such outer terrestrial environments. And they could also research their development from this same point or place of view.
This latter would surely register differences when compared to Earth. Plants have already been noted to grow differently when in zero gravity. As such, such studies came to be considered a top priority.
Regular spaceflights from the UK could also open the road to a wide and varied area of other vital scientific experiments or research.
These could target many medical issues, for example. One study could study the effect of aging in microgravity. As NASA studies have shown, prolonged exposures to zero gravity affect the human body in unexpected ways.
The laws which could establish a new space program, one set up in the UK, may be adopted later this year. They will have to regulate the spacecraft insurance and safety. Reportedly, this proposed legislation could come to provide an about 10 million British pounds grant.
The value would be invested in setting up the UK’s first commercial spaceflight market. This could help them become a scientific research hub. And also lead to the appearance of new workplaces in a great variety of areas.
It remains to be seen if the United Kingdom will reach its goal of establishing and becoming an aerospace player with its new space program. And if this latter will actually take off.
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