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Originally posted by Xfile
The british should have a role in space.their engineers and scientists are equal to their counterparts in the U.S.Ive always thought they havent pursued this is their budgetory limitations.Is this not so???
originonally posted by Nick h
"Yeah, I know that the UK's space efforts department (whatever it is named) is never given enough funding from the government. Probably because too much is spent on schools etc (not that that's a bad thing though..)"
Low Cost British HSF Project The modest BIS/SEWG programme involves a £60-75 million “precursor” programme over 5 years. It would establish a small but viable UK astronaut corps of 3-4 scientist-astronauts. Two science-education 10-day missions could then visit the ISS as part of a microgravity research programme, via Soyuz spacecraft. Important science research, perhaps including biomedical, climate change monitoring and materials experiments linked to schools and Universities activities, could then occur. After the flights, the UK scientist astronauts could undertake inspirational schools education outreach work, helping to reverse the trend of declining science and technology course take-up. The cost involved would only require an increase of the UK space budget, currently about £230 million, by about 5% a year. This low cost astronaut programme could be expanded for the future, eventually leading to committed British human involvement with the return to the Moon plans of ESA, NASA and the international exploration of Mars and the Solar System. Campaign Action
The following can be done to help change current UK policy: Contact the UKSA (email@example.com) and the Science Minister, David Willetts (firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask that the current UK government takes the advice of the BIS, the Select Committee and the SER report and reverses the current ban on UK human spaceflight. Write to the Chair of the “UK Space Board”, Prof Keith Mason and tell him of your enthusiasm for UK human space flight (email: email@example.com) Ask your MP to lobby on your behalf to the Science Minister, David Willetts and in Parliament. Tell them of your firm support for human space exploration in the UK and about the relatively low-cost BIS/SEWG approach (see above). Emphasise the urgency of the UK joining the rest of the world with human spaceflight plans. Speak to the media (press, radio and TV), saying how important a modest UK astronaut presence would be. Point out that the UK hosted the prestigious International Astronautical Federation (IAF) congress in 2008, yet Britain has no officially funded astronaut. Tell friends of the BIS campaign and join the Society, to give support to the UK and international space activities.