British commercial spaceport

The UK government announced plans in early 2014 to select a site, build a commercial spaceport, and have it in operation by 2018.

The spaceport is intended to be used to launch both human-carrying flights and commercial satellite missions.[1][2]

As of April 2014, eight potential locations were being considered.[1]

History

The spaceport plan is a part of a broader plan announced by the government in April 2014.[3]

Earlier references and statements about a UK spaceport, with explicit statements about HTHL spaceplanes, date back at least to 2012.[4]

Site selection

"The sites of interest are mainly Scottish, such as Campbeltown Airport, Glasgow Prestwick Airport (Scotland), Kinloss Barracks, RAF Leuchars (Scotland), RAF Lossiemouth and Stornoway Airport. However they also include Llanbedr Airport in Wales and Newquay Cornwall Airport in England."[2] The first phase of the evaluation process will develop a shortlist.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b McKie, Robin (2014-07-13). "Britain plans to build commercial spaceport". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  2. ^ a b c Bergin, Chris (2014-07-25). "British government reveal vision for the UK’s first spaceport". NASAspaceflight.com. Retrieved 2014-07-15. 
  3. ^ Shaping the future of the UK space sector, April 2014.
  4. ^ UK.gov to clear way for Britain's first SPACEPORT, 11 July 2012.


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