UK selects possible spaceports
The Government has revealed 8 locations which are under consideration as Britain’s first spaceport.
Speaking at the Farnborough Air Show, the Aviation Minister and UK Space Agency CEO unveiled the findings of a CAA report highlighting 8 possible airfields that could host a spaceport - and the economic opportunities it could open up for the UK.
The 8 coastal locations are:
- 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 ambition is for the spaceport to open in 2018 to see UK as a focus for regional and international investment for growth - establishing UK as a leader in the rapidly-expanding space market.
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 3,000 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. This would include seeking the views of local people and other stakeholders before any decisions are taken to proceed with any planned spaceport.
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