Great British Lift Off

How we got a Brit into space

June 03, 2021 Kim McAllister Season 1 Episode 2
Great British Lift Off
How we got a Brit into space
Show Notes

Astronaut Tim Peake has inspired many Brits and space fans across the world - but the UK didn't support human space flight until 2010.

In this episode broadcaster Kim McAllister and space expert Dr Murray Collins talk to Lord David Willetts, arguably the architect of the UK space industry.

While in government as the Minister for Science, Lord Willetts renegotiated the UK's role in the European Space Agency - over breakfast in Naples! Listen to hear the full story.

The UK's new focus on space from 2010 also led to the establishment of incubation centres for space-related start-ups, so Kim and Murray spoke to Delyth Lloyd Edwards, business development manager at the European Space Agency's Business Incubation Centres (ESA BICs) to find out how companies are supported across the UK.

Great British Lift Off is a Connect production sponsored by The Science and Technology Facilities Council and the Data Driven Innovation Programme.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council part of UK Research and Innovation  is proud to co-sponsor The Great British Lift-off.
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