On 8 July 2014, the UK’s TechDemoSat-1 (TDS-1) manufactured by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan began capturing video moments after its release from the Russian Soyuz -2 rocket.
Following the successful launch of the first ever Scottish made spacecraft UKube-1 this week in Kazakhstan, Ministers announced a plan to establish a UK spaceport by 2018 at the Farnborough Airshow. Spaceport facilities would primarily be used for satellite launches as well as attract private operators like Virgin Galactic and XCor and become of hub for space technology and tourism.
The Research and Investigation Centre of Remote Sensing and Geographic Applications (CIAF) of UN-SPIDER's Colombian Regional Support Office IGAC, met with the UK-based private company Surrey Satellite Technology on 30 May 2014, to discuss technical issues related to Disaster Monitoring Cons
The United States and United Kingdom announced on January 17, 2013 that the British government would end efforts to obtain patent or intellectual property (IP) rights related to GPS, as InsideGNSS reported.