03 Nov 2023
by Rory Daniels

The CAA overhauls its Space Regulation website

The changes are a welcome boost for UK companies seeking a space license.

After consulting UK industry, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has overhauled its Space Regulation website, making it simpler, clearer and more helpful for companies seeking a space license.

The site, which contains information on rocket launches, space flight and associated activities, now features a new interactive area that takes applicants through the ins and outs of UK space licensing.

In addition, guidance has also been standardised across licenses, making key information easier to find.

techUK welcomes these changes, which should boost UK innovation by reducing the regulatory burden faced by space SMEs with limited resources.

This is a core focus of techUK's Supercharging UK Tech and Innovation Campaign, which recently convened the UK Space Agency, leading space SMEs and space VCs to explore how the UK can improve access to growth capital for space SMEs looking to scale. You can view the event recording and read a comprehensive summary of the discussion here.

You can visit the CAA's Space site by clicking here.

Are you a space company looking to make the most of the UK's Space Cluster ecosystem?

Join this free webinar, taking place on 5 December and run in collaboration with Space Hub Yorkshire, to hear from a range of regional and national stakeholders at the forefront of Space Hub-industry engagement.

Attendees will have the opportunity to put questions to our expert panel. Sign up here.

Interested in how the UK can be a world leader in generating investment for space SMEs?

Mark Garnier MP, Chair of the UK's Space APPG, has written an insight on the subject for techUK. Click here to read more.

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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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