The UK will formally launch its new space agency on Tuesday.We're upping our space spending? In a recession? That can't be right!
Well, turns out it isn't:
Britain currently puts about £270m a year into civil space endeavours, most of it via the UK's membership of the European Space Agency (Esa).Which has, presumably, been working well. So, why the need to set up yet another civil service drain on the public purse?
This is not expected to change dramatically with the creation of an executive agency, especially with the government committed to cutting the public deficit.
The hope, however, is that the reorganisation will bring more coherence to space policy...In the same way that the Department of Transport has brought more coherence to transport policy, and NICE has brought more coherence to...