United Kingdom Space Command


United Kingdom Space Command
Founded1 April 2021 (6 months)
Country United Kingdom
Branch Royal Air Force[1][2]
TypeJoint space command
RoleSpace operations
HeadquartersRAF High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
CommanderAir Vice-Marshal Paul Godfrey

United Kingdom Space Command (UKSC) is a joint command of the British Armed Forces organised under the Royal Air Force,[1][2] and staffed by personnel from the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force and the British Civil Service.[3] The UKSC has three functions: space operations, space workforce generation, and space capability.[4]

UK Space Command was established 1 April 2021 under the command of Air Vice-Marshal Paul Godfrey.[4] Godfrey is of equal rank to the commanders of the RAF's Groups. The new command has "responsibility for not just operations, but also generating, training and growing the force, and also owning the money and putting all the programmatic rigour into delivering new ... capabilities."[1] UKSC headquarters is at RAF High Wycombe co-located with Air Command.[5]

When fully operationally capable, UK Space Command will "provide command and control of all of Defence’s space capabilities, including [the] UK Space Operations Centre, Skynet (satellite) communications, RAF Fylingdales, and other enabling capabilities."[3]

In a March 2021 Defence Command Paper it was announced that part of the additional £1.4 billion allocated to support UK Space Command over the next decade would be used to develop a new Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) satellite capability,[6][7] following on from the Carbonite-2 technology demonstrator launched in 2018.[8]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Q&A: Air Vice-Marshal Harv Smyth talks UK Space Command". Airforce Technology. Retrieved 28 April 2021.
  2. ^ a b Pawlyk, Oriana (May 6, 2021). "A British Space Force? 'Never Say Never,' Says UK General". Military.com.
  3. ^ a b "UK Space Command". Ministry of Defence. 1 April 2021. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Air Commodore Paul Godfrey announced as Commander United Kingdom Space Command". Royal Air Force. 1 February 2021. Retrieved 23 June 2021.
  5. ^ "UK Space Command at RAF High Wycombe - Air Commodore Paul Godfrey to lead". Bucks Free Press. 2 February 2021. Retrieved 28 April 2021.
  6. ^ Defence in a competitive age (PDF) (Report). Ministry of Defence. March 2021. pp. 44–45. CP 411. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  7. ^ Darling, Daniel (26 March 2021). "The U.K. Defense Command Paper in Review". Defense & Security Monitor. Forecast International. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  8. ^ Allison, George (1 March 2018). "Royal Air Force surveillance satellite launched into space". UK Defence Journal. Retrieved 2 March 2018.