UK: The UK Space Agency and the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) have agreed a deal to work together on space activities. The agreement includes 15 million pounds of UK investment in key instruments for the next generation of European weather satellites and will enable UK scientists to conduct the most comprehensive global survey of Earth's surface water. The agreement paved the way for joint work on Earth observation, space weather and research and technologies in the space field, and was witnessed by the Prime Minister and President Hollande.
"Today is a major milestone in the future of British and French collaboration in space. This initial investment of 15 million pounds will develop two major areas of Earth observation technology. These projects will have huge scientific and economic benefits, providing detailed weather forecasting and water management across the world. Collaboration in telecommunications, space weather, greenhouse gas monitoring and space technology will strengthen the links between our countries. Space is one of the eight great technologies and our cooperation will shape the future of European space projects, keeping us at the front of the pack in the global race,” said David Willetts, Minister of Universities and Science.