There’s been a few recent changes in the organisations through which UK space science filters. The most obvious ones include the change of Government, which leaves a new Science Minister in charge of the portfolio. Today, as new MPs made their maiden speeches, he reiterated the emphasis he would try to put on his brief and differentiated it from his predecessor. He did mention support for science, but also mentioned cuts impending on the budget.
Meanwhile, they’ve been juggling positions at the European Space Agency, through which most of our space flight activities move, too. David Williams, the acting Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, is now also the Chair of the ESA Council. But it isn’t all change as the Director General of ESA has had his term extended for a further four years, the second such extension granted.