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The UK’s initial spaceport moves one step closer as supervision invites applications

October 26th, 2015 by admin | Filed under Blog.
  • Department of Transport operative on what it wants spaceport to be
  • Newquay Cornwall Airport and RAF Llanbedr in Wales also contenders
  • Civil Aviation Authority wants spaceport to be during ‘coastal location’ 

John Hutchinson for MailOnline



The building of a UK’s initial spaceport changed one step closer after a supervision invited intensity possibilities to contention proposals.

The Department of Transport (DoT) is now operative on a selection of what it wants a spaceport to be, with a aim to launch tourists into space by 2018.

Stornoway on a Isle of Lewis, Campbeltown Airport, Glasgow Prestwick, all in Scotland, and Newquay and RAF Llanbedr in Wales are a categorical contenders on a shortlist – while RAF Leuchars in Fife could turn a proxy home for a spaceport.

The Department of Transport has non-stop adult a concentration routine to rise a UK's initial spaceport (illustration)

The Department of Transport has non-stop adult a concentration routine to rise a UK’s initial spaceport (illustration)

A orator for a DoT said: ‘The supervision is building a minute technical selection of spaceport mandate to boost bargain of ‘what is a spaceport’ and a minute technical mandate for spaceplane operations.

‘There is a lot of work to be finished – this is really slicing edge. The several locations will be asked to contention proposals in due course.’

A orator for Western Isles Council in Scotland pronounced it has concluded to work with Highlands and Islands Enterprise to assistance put a city on a space map.

But Highlands and Islands Airports – that operates many of Scotland’s informal airports – has ruled out putting in money itself.

However it pronounced it would demeanour during providing technical or logistical support for any intensity spaceport investors.

Both RAF Lossiemouth and Kinloss Barracks were on an strange list of sites in a using to horde a groundbreaking project.

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Stornoway Airport, Scotland 

RAF Leuchars, Scotland

Glasgow Prestwick Airport, Scotland

Campbeltown Airport, Scotland

Llanbedr Airport, Wales

Newquay Cornwall Airport, England

And even after both were ruled out by a Civil Aviation Authority internal campaigners vowed not to give adult on their dream of creation a segment a launch pad for rockets carrying satellites and even tourists into orbit.

But a Moray Economic Partnership has now conceded defeat.

The CAA cited ‘overriding troops operational factors’ as a reason for a dual Moray bases in Scotland being private from a shortlist.

The CAA has ‘strongly recommended’ that a UK spaceport be determined during a coastal location.

By 2030, a wider UK space attention estimated to be value £40 billion and yield 100,000 jobs.

The aim is to have a trickery prepared for space tourism by 2018. Launching satellites would be another business during a aerodrome. 

Newquay Cornwall Airport is believed to be England's solitary claimant in a using to horde a spaceport

Newquay Cornwall Airport is believed to be England’s solitary claimant in a using to horde a spaceport

Western Isles Council personality Angus Campbell said: ‘Stornoway Airport on interest of a Outer Hebrides is really most in a using as a plcae for a site of a UK’s Spaceport. 

‘Stornoway has a series of vicious facilities that make it an ideal location. Amongst these are a immeasurable area of a Atlantic sea around us; we are usually one hour divided from a horde of investigate and growth facilities; we have a University of a Highlands and Islands on a doorstep; a primeval plcae gives some-more illumination for some-more of a year than any other plcae and we have intensely low atmosphere trade levels.

‘The council, HIE, a other partners and a wider village will work together and try entirely a practice and other opportunities that a spaceport in a Outer Hebrides would bring.’

By throwing a initial call of space travel, a wish is to turn a heading European centre that could tempt a likes of Richard Branson – who is seeking an European bottom for his Virgin Galactic enterprise. 

The Scottish Government wants to land a spaceport north of a border.

A orator said: ‘As we’ve consistently pronounced via this process, a categorical concentration is on ensuring a spaceport is formed in Scotland.

‘While Glasgow Prestwick Airport is good placed to contention a clever bid, we mount prepared to support and offer recommendation to any Scottish bid – not only Prestwick.’


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