Germany and Britain are heading for deep and severe cuts in public spending. The politicians have given sombre speeches about the “tough times” that lie ahead.
However there have been indications in both countries that “Space research” will escape.
Speaking at the Berlin Air Show this week, Professor Jan Woerner, chairman of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), said “he does not expect space to be affected by the nation’s big austerity drive”.
In the UK, the new science minister David Willets has said in a BBC interview, ”I believe in the space industry. Britain has a comparative advantage and we will carry on backing space.”
It remains to be seen whether the two countries allow space research to escape the cuts. However it is interesting and heartening that the politicians do not want to be associated with cutting all investment in science. Money may be found to invest in our technological future in the most glamorous way possible – space exploration and rocket science. In these times where little is exempt from cuts this is perhaps some reason for optimism.
German space escapes budget cuts – link to the BBC article
Coalition wants UK space lift-off – Link here
// Esther Crooks