The European Space Agency set to open Oxford research hub

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The European Space Agency has decided to open a new research laboratory at the Harwell Oxford science and technology hub, in southern Oxfordshire, the first of its kind on UK soil.

The new European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications in Oxford will support a wide variety of projects, from technology science and integrated applications to climate change and telecommunications, a news report reveals.

David Willetts, UK minister for universities and science, said that the UK space industry contributed more than £9bn annually to the country’s economy and supported thousands of skilled jobs. He added: “ESA’s decision to locate its high-tech facility in this country shows that we are creating the right environment for innovation and cutting-edge research.”

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