Defence Minister discusses space security

Min­is­ter for Defence Equip­ment, Sup­port and Tech­nol­o­gy Peter Luff vis­it­ed RAF Fyling­dales in North York­shire yes­ter­day with Min­is­ter for Uni­ver­si­ties and Sci­ence David Wil­letts to dis­cuss draft­ing a Nation­al Space Secu­ri­ty Pol­i­cy.

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Sol­id State Phased Array Radar (SSPAR) at RAF Fyling­dales [Pic­ture: GFDL]
Source: Min­istry of Defence, UK
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The Min­is­ters were host­ed by the Sta­tion Com­man­der of RAF Fyling­dales, Wing Com­man­der Ray­na Owens. Also accom­pa­ny­ing them were mem­bers of the Nation­al Space Secu­ri­ty Pol­i­cy Team, part of the Cab­i­net Office.

In addi­tion to expe­ri­enc­ing first hand the impor­tance of RAF Fyling­dales, whose pri­ma­ry role is bal­lis­tic mis­sile warn­ing with the sec­ondary role of space sur­veil­lance, the vis­it will help inform work that is being done to devel­op a Nation­al Space Secu­ri­ty Pol­i­cy.

The Nation­al Space Secu­ri­ty Pol­i­cy will seek to cov­er issues con­cerned with UK mil­i­tary and civ­il use of space.

In addi­tion to being briefed on RAF Fyling­dales oper­a­tions, the vis­i­tors toured the oper­a­tions room and made the most of the good weath­er by view­ing the site from the top of the radar build­ing.

Wing Com­man­der Owens said:

“We were hon­oured to host such an impor­tant vis­it, key to the Nation­al Space Secu­ri­ty Pol­i­cy and to the future.”

Mr Luff said:

“It was a plea­sure to vis­it RAF Fyling­dales today with my col­league David Wil­letts. RAF Fyling­dales is an impor­tant part of the North York­shire com­mu­ni­ty and is also a vital com­po­nent of our nation­al secu­ri­ty, help­ing to pro­vide an unin­ter­rupt­ed bal­lis­tic mis­sile warn­ing and space sur­veil­lance ser­vice to both the UK and the US.

“This vis­it will be of great assis­tance to us as we work towards a Nation­al Space Secu­ri­ty Pol­i­cy, which will con­sid­er the chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties for both civ­il and mil­i­tary uses of space, an area of grow­ing impor­tance for the UK.”

Press release
Min­istry of Defence, UK

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