It appears that I did David Willetts a disservice yesterday. Not only is he Minister for Universities, he’s also Minister for Science.
And would you believe, he’s set up a UK Space Agency! It came into being on 1st April which may explain why we’ve not heard of it before – because it appeared to be a joke…. or something.
According to the website, “The UK space sector is thriving, showing growth rates of 10.2% over the last four years (The Size and Health of the UK Space Industry: November 2010) despite the economic recession.” Pretty amazing stuff, I think you’ll agree.
Which makes it all the more puzzling as to why we need to have bureaucrats
creaming off the top, muscling in, put in charge: as the website explains “The UK Space Agency therefore leads the UK’s civil space programme in order to win sustainable economic growth…”.
Unlike the rest of the economy which government meddling seems to have rendered virtually unsustainable, this bit clearly isn’t broke.. so it didn’t need fixing.
And can you imagine the prospect of the politicians and bureaucrats determining the science of space exploration as they’ve done with the science of climate? We’ll need most of the world’s grain crops and palm oil to produce sufficient bio-fuel for launch and then – assuming that it gets there at all – we’ll have to abandon the craft in space for fear that the crew will not survive a couple of degrees warming on re-entry.
Never mind, our Space Agency has this to offer:
The UK space sector employs over 24,000 people and has an annual turnover of £7.5 billion. It is one of the most highly skilled sectors of the economy which has been growing at an accelerating pace over recent years, with expectations of growth to £14 billion by 2020.
The UK Space Agency aims to support the growth of the space sector by encouraging graduates and technicians with relevant skills and qualifications to pursue a career in the space industry. The space sector is a thriving international business that provides employment for people with a wide range of skills including:
- experts in the electrical and mechanical engineering field
- IT and software systems experts
In this section of the website you will find career case studies, tips and advice for launching your career in the space sector plus find out about how to get involved and learn more about the industry as a whole.
Don’t get too excited though. Elsewhere on the page is this:
“There are currently no vacancies being advertised for the new UK Space Agency.”