Campbeltown, Prestwick & Stornoway shortlisted for UK spaceport
March 3 2015narrowing down the field of possible locations to five in a consultation overseen by Foster + Partners, Mott MacDonald and Exploration Architecture Corporation.
They will go head to head with Newquay and Llanbedr to land the high profile space base with RAF Leuchars serving as a potential temporary facility.
Aviation minister Robert Goodwill said: “I want Britain to lead the way in commercial spaceflight. Establishing a spaceport will ensure we are at the forefront of this exciting new technology.
“Today’s consultation response marks another step forward in our work to support this emerging industry, which will create jobs and drive economic growth.”
Business secretary Vince Cable added: “Paving the way for a national spaceport is one of our biggest science achievements in this parliament. It greatly underscores the work of our space innovation and growth strategy to position the UK as a world-leader in this exciting arena that is expected to be worth up to £400 billion a year to the global economy by 2030.
“Launching satellites and operating commercial space flights from our shores was once only confined to the depths of science fiction, but with the results of this consultation we are one step closer to making this a very real ability in the near future.”
The department for transport will now develop technical specifications for the spaceport before inviting proposals which will be published later this year. The rocket plane launch site could then be operational by 2018.
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