UK aims to become leading European space nation
The government has now revealed the 8 locations being considered as sites for Britain’s first spaceport.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said “Space is big business for the UK. It already contributes £11.3 billion to the economy each year, supporting nearly 35,000 jobs. That’s why it’s important for us to prepare the UK for new launcher technology and take steps towards meeting our ambition of establishing the first British spaceport by 2018.
The 8 coastal locations that could be used for a spaceport include:
– Campbeltown Airport (Scotland)
– Glasgow Prestwick Airport (Scotland)
– Llanbedr Airport (Wales)
– Newquay Cornwall Airport (England)
– Kinloss Barracks (Scotland)
– RAF Leuchars (Scotland)
– RAF Lossiemouth (Scotland)
– Stornorway Airport (Scotland)
The Department for Transport will consult on the criteria the CAA has identified that will make a location suitable for a spaceport. In addition to meteorological, environmental and economic factors, these include:
– an existing runway which is, or is capable of being extended to, over 3000 metres in length
– the ability to accommodate dedicated segregated airspace to manage spaceflights safely
– a reasonable distance from densely populated areas in order to minimise impact on the uninvolved general public
Following the consultation further work will be done to develop locations which remain on the shortlist, including seeking the views of local people and other stakeholders.
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