Space4Health: A Place for Satellite Applications and Technology in the UK COVID-19 Governance Framework


  • Jennifer Lauren Napier University of Northumbria Newcastle
  • Alessandra Vernile Centre for a Spacefaring Civilization



Now that society is firmly planted within the ‘new normal’ of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is time for the United Kingdom to assess where it stands regarding the juxtaposition between technology and governance. As COVID-19 develops within the UK, it is time to implement strategies that call for a cross-sectoral approach in order to strengthen the work that is done to combat the virus and make society safe and secure. One way in which this can be done is through the continued and more substantial use of space-enabled technologies and their data-driven outputs. Space-enabled technologies refers to activities of satellite communications, satellite navigations, remote sensing, and Earth Observation (EO). This research will discuss how space-enabled technologies can support global health issues as well as the current utilisation in the UK. It will also discuss the status quo of the UK COVID-19 governance framework and provide recommendations on how this framework could better utilise space-enabled technologies especially paired with a risk governance framework.






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