UK ‘space jewel’ set for polish

spaceAn expert panel has been asked to lay out the challenges and opportunities facing the British space industry.

The group will deliver its assessment in six months and make recommendations on how it thinks government can help maintain the sector’s competitiveness.

The industry turns over £6bn annually and supports some 70,000 jobs.

Science minister Lord Drayson called the sector a "hidden jewel" of UK PLC because of its huge – but largely unrecognised – impact on daily life.

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