04 Mar 2024
by Rory Daniels

techUK's first Emerging Space Technologies report is now live!

techUK has published its first Emerging Space Technologies Industry Perspective Report, which explores the opportunities that will be created by the growing commercialisation of space.

This comprehensive analysis - informed by a four-month 'sprint campaign' led by Rory Daniels, techUK's Programme Manager for Emerging Technologies - unveils a blueprint for the UK to emerge as a leading force in the rapidly evolving New Space industry.

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The report highlights a pivotal moment akin to the invention of the Internet, with the emergence of the New Space Economy poised to redefine entire industries, both on Earth and in space. Whilst access to space was once exclusively the domain of governments, today the space sector is witnessing a surge of commercial activity, creating unparalleled opportunities for innovation and economic growth. 

The UK space sector already generates £17.5 billion of economic value and employs over 48,000 people, however, it holds the potential for even greater expansion, with profound implications for virtually every facet of industry. Some industries, such as telecommunications, will be reshaped, with the introduction of new products, services, producers, and consumers. Others, like data centres, will be redefined as their business models and purposes evolve. Many more industries will be created as new solutions to problems emerge as a by-product of the growing commercialisation of space. 

How the UK can lead

Integral to harnessing the rewards of the New Space Economy and propelling the UK to the forefront are emerging technologies such as AI, Quantum, data analytics, robotics, and semiconductors. These technologies will play a pivotal role in reshaping industries and maximising the UK's potential for growth within the sector. 

techUK also identifies six key enablers essential for the UK to assert leadership in these emerging technologies and industries.

Each of these will play a critical role in supporting the UK to become a New Space Superpower, leveraging its legacy, expertise, and early lead in space technologies to foster greater prosperity and security: 

  • Encouraging diversification across the sector by enticing non-space companies to develop emerging space technologies and offer a broader range of space products and services across various industries. 

  • Streamlining regulation for space products and services, with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spearheading efforts to consolidate application and review processes for space systems. 

  • Addressing the skills gap by facilitating regular industry input and ensuring access to top international talent by simplifying visa applications to facilitate international recruitment. 

  • Cultivating a more robust and diverse space finance ecosystem through the implementation of new financial initiatives, reforms, and support packages, and by consolidating space-related purchasing. 

  • Championing space sustainability by ensuring space and non-space companies are involved early in government technology development schemes and international initiatives, plus by expanding the scope and duration of an existing programme. 

  • Leveraging international space partnerships to shape trade policies governing emerging space technologies, advocating for the inclusion of innovation chapters and negative list systems in future trade deals. 

The report also outlines ten policy recommendations to serve as practical suggestions as to how industry, Government and wider stakeholders can turn these enablers into reality. 

As the New Space Economy continues to emerge, it is imperative for stakeholders across industries to grasp the opportunities and challenges it presents. We urge policymakers, industry leaders, and stakeholders to put the recommendations outlined in this report into practice and work together to realise the immense opportunities presented by the New Space Economy. Together, we can propel the UK to new heights of growth and innovation in the global space industry and enable it to become a New Space Superpower.

Sue Daley

Director, Technology and Innovation, techUK

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Event round-up – Industries of the Future: Space

On 20 September 2023, techUK hosted the next installment in the Industries of the Future series.

The webinar explored the space industry of tomorrow and panellists spoke about what steps the UK can take to become a superpower across a broad spectrum of emerging and transformative space technologies

Click here to read the event round up.

techUK recently held its first Supercharging Investment in Space panel discussion and networking session, which took place on 30 October from 1-3pm at the techUK offices.

Attendees heard from a panel consisting of Government, space SMEs and VCs discussing how the UK can improve access to growth capital for space SMEs looking to scale. A networking session followed. 

Click here to view the event recording and read the summary.

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Rory Daniels

Rory Daniels

Programme Manager, Emerging Technologies

Laura Foster

Laura Foster

Head of Technology and Innovation, techUK

Tales Gaspar

Tales Gaspar

Programme Manager, UK SPF and Satellite, techUK


Rory Daniels

Rory Daniels

Programme Manager, Emerging Technologies, techUK

Rory joined techUK in June 2023 after three years in the Civil Service on its Fast Stream leadership development programme.

During this time, Rory worked on the Government's response to Covid-19 (NHS Test & Trace), school funding strategy (Department for Education) and international climate and nature policy (Cabinet Office). He also tackled the social care crisis whilst on secondment to techUK's Health and Social Care programme in 2022.

Before this, Rory worked in the House of Commons and House of Lords alongside completing degrees in Political Economy and Global Politics.

Today, he is techUK's Programme Manager for Emerging Technologies, covering dozens of technologies including metaverse, drones, future materials, robotics, blockchain, space technologies, nanotechnology, gaming tech and Web3.0.

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