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15 million pound investment seals UK/France space collaboration

31 January 2014

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The UK Space Agency and the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) have today (31 January 2014) agreed a deal to work even closer 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, telecommunications, space weather and research and technologies in the space field, and was witnessed by the Prime Minister and President Hollande at the UK-France Summit at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

Speaking in the Summit plenary at Brize Norton, Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts said:

"Today is a major milestone in the future of British and French collaboration in space. This initial investment of £15 million 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."

Source: UK Space Agency

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