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Plans for the UK’s first spaceport

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The UK Space Agency has published a briefing on the emerging technical requirements for establishing UK spaceport.

It comes as the nation’s first official astronaut Tim Peake jets to the International Space Station.

The Agency has published notes from presentations last month on the technical aspects of any spaceport in the UK. The presentation is specifically looking at a spaceport for horizontally launched sub-orbital spaceplanes.

The Department for Transport is leading the search for a location for a UK spaceport. It’s likely to be a coastal location with Cornwall, Scotland and Wales being mentioned.

It coincides with the publication this week of the government’s National Space Policy.

In the policy document introduction business secretary Sajid Javid said: “The sector must remain ambitious and look for new opportunities to build on the talent and expertise we already have in this country, such as the ambition to create a spaceport in the UK. With more than 200 small satellites launched in 2014, the opportunity for the UK to capture a percentage of this market requires real leadership from government. We must create the conditions in which businesses and others have the confidence to invest in an infrastructure that will support their future success.”

The image used here is an artist rendering from NASA showing a wide-angle view of a lift-off in the US.

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