Air Vice-Marshal Paul Godfrey tells Mark Broadbent about the achievements of the UK Space Command – and its ambitions
Established in 2021, UK Space Command is based at RAF High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. There, at the UK Space Operations Centre, personnel from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force collate, analyse and assess space information to support UK and allied military forces.
Military space analysts work with UK Space Agency staff to monitor the safety of UK space satellites and track orbital events. UK Space Command additionally oversees RAF Fylingdales in North Yorkshire, which provides a 24/7 missile warning and space surveillance capability for the UK and its allies. Air Vice-Marshal Paul Godfrey is the first Commander of UK Space Command. He joined the RAF in 1991; his previous roles include RAF Lossiemouth Station Commander and responsibility for the planning and employment of coalition air and space power across the Middle East within the US Air Force Combined Air and Space Operations Centre.