Commercial space flights from United Kingdom by 2020 under new Govt plans

by Edgar Hayes February 23, 2017, 0:08

Having a spaceport will allow the United Kingdom to launch its own satellites as well as conduct horizontal flights to the edge of space for scientific and medical research. The proposal builds on the 10 million pound ($12.4 million) grant the government made available to develop commercial launch capabilities earlier this month.

Aviation minister Lord Ahmad said the ambition was to launch a space flight from the United Kingdom as soon as possible.

A spokesman added: 'It creates high-value jobs and generates wealth across the country. And while the U.K.is a world leader in satellite technology and services, scientists have to rely on launch services located in other countries such as the U.S., Japan, or India.

A key strand of the government's Industrial Strategy is for the United Kingdom to hold a greater share of the commercial spaceflight market, worth an estimated £25 billion over the next 20 years, by developing competitive, commercial and safe spaceflight proposals for UK-based satellite launch services and sub-orbital flights. The new powers would allow the establishment of spaceports around the country, setting out rules and regulations on specific issues such as safety and insurance measures that would need to be developed for commercial operators.

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Once launched, the space satellites could also help provide broadband to rural communities and monitor weather systems as they move around the earth. Forty years ago, meteorologists couldn't have imagined the importance of satellites for predicting the weather. Our regions will benefit from direct access to space as the building of local spaceports will lead to more demand in hospitality and tourism services, creating jobs and opportunities.

Ahmad stated that the UK's ambition is to gain safe and competitive access to space in a bid to stay ahead in the commercial game.

Science minister Jo Johnson said the bill would "cement the UK's position as a world leader in this emerging market".

Jo Johnson, the minister for universities and science, stated that after the bill is launched this week, they will solidify the position of United Kingdom as one of the world leaders concerning this emerging market.

Although the United Kingdom is a world-leader when it comes to satellite technology and services, businesses now have to rely on launch services located in other countries such as the US, Japan, or India, and often have to share launch vehicles, which can lead to delays and restrictions on where satellites can go.

The proposals are bound to enter into a market where its profits were estimated at $30 billion during the next twenty years.


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