ESA comes to the UK

The ESA Ministerial has been happening this week and it sounds like most people are happy with the outcome. Final analysis a bit later. One interesting aspect however is the agreement to establish a new European Space Agency centre in the UK, likely at the STFC Harwell site just south of Oxford. Read more from NERC here or the BBC here.

The main focus is robotics, but will also include climate change research, although what this includes is still a little unclear. However it is likely to be connected to the ESA plan to provide long term records of some of the GCOS essential climate variables. I’m sure there’ll be plenty more on this as it emerges.