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Space race heats up

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SERCO and In­marsat are among the com­pa­nies that have formed a UK na­tional space team.

The pair will work with the Bri­tish arm of Amer­i­can de­fence giant Lock­heed Martin and CGI UK on the project, which has been called Athena.

The group’s work will fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing space tech­nol­ogy that will en­able things like driver­less trans­port, se­cure com­mu­ni­ca­tions for de­fence and 5g net­works. The govern­ment is keen for the UK’s space in­dus­try to grow rapidly to a £500bn sec­tor.

It is push­ing for a big­ger role in the global in­dus­try af­ter the UK was shut out of the EU’s £10bn galileo satel­lite pro­gramme af­ter the Brexit vote.

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