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Friday, February 3, 2023

Spaceport Cornwall receives UK’s first spaceport license

The UK’s first orbital space launch has moved one step closer to liftoff as Spaceport Cornwall was awarded the UK’s first spaceport licence. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) issued the license following consent from Transport Secretary Mark Harper.

Spaceport Cornwall, based at Cornwall Airport Newquay, has shown to the regulator that Have complied with appropriate safety, security, environmental and other aspects for the operation of a UK spaceport. The approval also means that Spaceport Cornwall has the infrastructure, equipment and services for horizontal space launches.

The license allows Virgin Orbit to begin testing ahead of the proposed launch, which would be the first of its kind on European soil. The latest license adds to the nearly 150 satellite licenses already approved by the CAA since it became the UK’s space regulator in July 2021. The growing space industry will spur innovation and is estimated to be worth €19 billion and create 47,000 jobs. 2,500 apprentices opening up the sector to more people.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper said: “The cosmic groundwork is being laid for the UK’s first orbital space launch, as the CAA has awarded the first spaceport license to Spaceport Cornwall. The planned launch of Virgin Orbit further cements our position as a leading space nation.” strengthened as we look to the future of spaceflight, which They can drive growth and innovation across industries, as well as create thousands of jobs and learning.

CAA Director Richard Moriarty said: “This is a historic moment as we license the first spaceport in the UK. We are proud to play our part in driving the UK’s space ambitions by assessing the safety, security and other requirements of these activities.” Proud. This is another important milestone in enabling the country to become a leading launch nation. When we became space regulators, we made a commitment to comply in an open, effective and proportionate manner with public safety at the centre. Our work does not stop with this licensing decision, as we continue to evaluate other license applications and monitor the effectiveness of licensing activities, all of which allow the UK space sector to develop safely.”

For her part, Melissa Thorpe, director of Cornwall Spaceport, said: “It is a historic moment to be the first spaceport to be licensed to operate in the UK. The regulatory environment created by the CAA ensures that UK launches can operate with accountability and transparency.” Cornwall is now ready to open up the use of Space for Good and support UK industry in harnessing the power of space to benefit life on Earth.”

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