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Moves to position Prestwick Airport as space hub gather pace

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June 1 2016

Moves to position Prestwick Airport as space hub gather pace
South Ayrshire Council is putting its weight behind efforts to position Prestwick Airport as a hub for Britain’s space industry with a two year support package worth £240k designed to promote the airport as the ideal home for a new spaceport.

This cash will be used to fund infrastructure work and building the business case for the venture following a decision by the Department of Transport to press ahead with licensing a network of UK Spaceports, for which Prestwick is a lead contender.

Eileen Howat, South Ayrshire Council's chief executive commented: "Recent news of the licensing framework for spaceports means that Prestwick stands the best chance of being the UK's first commercial hubs to service growing demand for industrial and tourism space related services.”

Should Prestwick secure a prized license it is estimated that the project could be worth as much as £320m to the local economy over the next decade.

Stornoway, Newquay, Machrihanish and Llanbedr are also in the running for a spaceport.

3 Comments

Yaldy
#1 Posted by Yaldy on 1 Jun 2016 at 21:51 PM
This must be EU-ref dependent?
kevin toner
#2 Posted by kevin toner on 1 Jun 2016 at 23:31 PM
Prestwick has the fog free accolade; and 'dark skies' status is also relatively nearby. Glasgow has also in the recent past taken over its business as a key international airport. So why not, get Prestwick back on the map?
Taffanaut
#3 Posted by Taffanaut on 3 Jun 2016 at 13:44 PM
Alternative view -
http://taffanaut.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/13-cape-cymru.html

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