Brexit Britain cements 'space nation' status with historic mission to far side of the Moon

She said: “Surrey Satellite Technology has taken Britain’s expertise in navigation and telecommunications to the next level.

“Having already delivered state-of-the-art communications services to the International Space Station, UK technology will now help sustainable return to the Moon for the first time in nearly 50 years.

“By investing in our space sector, including £11.6million today for the Lunar Pathfinder satellite, we are helping UK companies to support major international missions, firmly securing our place as a world-leading space nation.”

The Lunar Pathfinder mission is being supported by £11.6million in UK Space Agency funding via ESA.

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