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Creating the Case for a National Pathfinder Programme

National Pathfinder Programme Overview

The Space Growth Partnership (SGP) is consulting on creating a National Space Programme. Have your views heard by completing the UK Space Agency’s expression of interest form.

The SGP believes the best way to secure a full National Space Programme is to create a proposal to government for a shorter-term national programme to kick-start the National Space Programme. This would be carefully targeted at early high-value opportunities that can be delivered over the next three years, whilst establishing a roadmap for longer-term ambitions. SGP is seeking inputs from companies and universities to build the case for a National Pathfinder Programme to act as the first wave of NSP investments.

The Space Growth Partnership (SGP) is working to provide a consistent and strategic approach to taking forward UK and sector priorities for space research and innovation. The SGP is requesting ideas for projects that fit into these five innovation areas including:

  1. Geospatial data
  2. Ubiquitous, resilient and secure connectivity
  3. Resilient positioning, navigation and timing and security
  4. In-space assembly, servicing and debris removal
  5. Food security (including farm demonstrators)


National Pathfinder Programme Involvement Process

There is a short window of opportunity to construct a proposal for government funding that the UK Space Agency will present to officials and ministers by the end of September. However, if companies and universities in the sector are prepared to come together and provide the evidence needed for a case, the SGP will make every effort to champion this as a coordinated sector position to secure funding. The UK Space Agency is running this consultation on behalf of the SGP and the process is:

  1. Complete the expression of interest form template and return it to the UK Space Agency by 31 August 2019. Provide example projects that you see as a priority to build this case.
  2. The Agency and Innovate UK will review and combine these expression of interest forms to provide the case most likely to secure government funding.
  3. The Agency will invite consortia representatives to meetings during September to refine the business case where it believes further inputs and clarifications will improve the case.


Expression of Interest Form Registration Details

SGP is asking for interested parties to complete an expression of interest form. To request an expression of interest form template, email NSP@Ukspaceagency.gov.uk to register your interest and you will receive a copy of the expression of interest form.  It must be returned to the UK Space Agency by 31 August 2019.


More National Pathfinder Programme Information

Read the full article about the National Pathfinder Programme by clicking here.


Expression of Interest Form Submission Deadline

31 August 2019

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