As an Anglophile, this warms my heart. The British are returning to space with three new craft that will study the earth.
From the BBC:
A £100m project has been announced to launch three new British spacecraft to image the surface of the Earth.
The satellites, to be orbited in 2013, will be able to see details down to one metre at their best resolution.
It is a commercial venture between the spacecraft manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Limited and its data processing subsidiary, DMCii.
Nations that would not necessarily need their own dedicated satellites will be able to buy time on the spacecraft.
“This constellation of three satellites will be owned and operated from the UK but the capacity on the spacecraft will be leased to different international customers,” explained Sir Martin Sweeting, executive chairman of SSTL.