Members of the Lords, including a chairman of clean technology company Hydrodec Group Plc, a communications director of global engineering group GKN Ltd and a parliamentary under-secretary of state for aviation, discussed the key principles and purpose of the Space Industry Bill during second reading, on Wednesday 12 July.
Members discussed the key points raised by the bill, including the UK’s membership of the European Space Agency, the use of Scottish locations for proposed UK spaceports and the need for international funding and collaboration.
Members also raised a number of questions on issues including the private and foreign ownership of civilian spaceflight operations, the impact of Brexit, obligations for environmental assessments and the timetable, framework and safety regulations required for a globally competitive UK space industry.
Committee stage, the first chance to amend the bill and make changes, is yet to be scheduled.
Space Industry Bill summary
This bill will aim to:
- define the law around space activities and suborbital activities
- provide for the creation of a regulatory framework to enable commercial spaceflight from UK spaceports