Join us we examine the recently signed US-UK Technology Safeguards Agreement (TSA). Attendees will gain an understanding on the basic background to the agreement and its rationale, as well as guidance on where to go if they have any questions on what they need to do to be a part of this initiative. 


14:30 – Housekeeping, ADS

14:32 – Welcome and introductions, Caroline Donaghy, Director – Defence, ADS

14:35 – Introduction, Paul Whitfield-Jones, Senior Associate, Mayer Brown International LLP

14:40 – Background to the US-UK Space Technology Safeguards Agreement, Andrew Kuh, Head of International Spaceflight Policy, UK Space Agency

14:50 – The Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and UK strategic export controls, Andrew Horton, UK Government Senior Technical Policy Advisor, (Export Controls & Non-proliferation), Export Control Joint Unit

15:00 – US export licensing, Nicholas Matheson, Air Systems Lead – IPR, UK MoD

15:10 – Space industry regulations, Tyler Davies,  Commercial Spaceflight Policy Security, Training & International, Department for Transport

15:20 – Open forum Q&A

15:30 – Close 

US-UK Technology Safeguards Agreement (TSA)

On June 16, 2020, the United States and the United Kingdom concluded the Agreement on Technology Safeguards Associated with US Participation in Space Launches from the United Kingdom, otherwise known as the US-UK Technology Safeguards Agreement (TSA).

This agreement, upon entry into force, establishes the technical safeguards to support US space launches from the UK, whilst ensuring the proper handling of sensitive technology consistent with the two nations’ long-standing partnership and roles as founding members of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).

This agreement protects sensitive US technology and sets the standard for how others should use such sensitive technology in the conduct of satellite and rocket launches from foreign locations. It paves the way for US companies to operate from UK spaceports and export space launch technology, opening up new customers and revenues to UK companies.

The agreement means US space and technology companies throughout the supply chain can contribute to and benefit from the commercial opportunities offered by the UK space sector which already employs 42,000 people and generates an income of £14.8 billion each year, and supports the UK Government’s Spaceflight Programme, which aims to establish commercial vertical and horizontal small satellite launch from UK spaceports, based in Cornwall and Scotland, as announced in July 2018.

Bringing launch to the UK will be a catalyst for further growth in the wider space industry, and the UK Government is also developing a comprehensive national space strategy to bring long-term strategic and commercial benefits for the UK.