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15 July 2014

Cornwall shortlisted as the only potential spaceport in England

When you visit holiday cottages in Cornwall you wouldn’t think you would be staying near a spaceport, but that could all be about to change after the airport in Newquay was earmarked to be a possible site for the UK’s first spaceport with commercial space flight.

A host of professionals in a range of fields including the UK Space Agency, Civil Aviation Authority and Department for Transport, are set to publish an official list of eight sites that are being officially considered as a spaceport this week.

Although this list is yet to be released, it is confirmed that Newquay Cornwall Airport is on that shortlist and represent itself as the only one in England due to the matching up of proposed criteria for a spaceport, with other named sites being in Scotland and Wales.

Newquay is already the airport that Aerohub calls home. Aerohub is the aerospace-focused Enterprise Zone which is the largest planning-free development site in the UK.

The Government has committed to achieving a four-fold development of the UK space industry to a staggering £40bn by 2030, which of course includes the ambition to create and established spaceport in the UK in the next 4 years.

A spaceport would provide a facility capable of playing a key role in sub-orbital spaceplanes; commercial civilian aircraft that may operate to deploy satellites, perform space experiments, or for space tourism.

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