British National Space Centre

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Britain's space agency, established in 1985. It acts on behalf of the UK government and research councils, who spend some £160 million each year on civil space, with about 60% of this channelled through the European Space Agency. The BNSC has been involved in numerous space missions, including Europe's Giotto spacecraft, the Mars Express launched in 2003, including its Beagle 2 rover, and the Rosetta spacecraft and lander launched in 2004. It also helps develop innovative space technology and satellite payloads, and assists the UK space industry in maximizing business opportunities, especially concerning telecommunications and navigation satellites.

http://www.bnsc.gov.uk/ Regularly updated with news of space missions and space technology research with UK involvement. The site's resource centre has a glossary, Frequently Asked Questions about British space activities, and a useful links page, with the URLs of national space agencies.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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