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The government and space industry have set a target to grow the UK’s share of the global space market to 10 per cent by 2030.
Jane Imrie

UK set for “new era in commercial spaceflight” with government plans

The UK space industry is set to become a European leader in commercial spaceflight under new government plans.

The government has today (March 5) published its commercial spaceflight consultation response, outlining plans for its commercial spaceflight programme.

The resulting legislation will help to propel the development of commercial spaceflight technologies, from traditional rockets launched vertically into space to high-altitude balloons and spaceplanes.

Spaceports could also be built in South West England, Scotland and Wales, creating a range of science and engineering jobs.

The government and space industry have set a target to grow the UK’s share of the global space market to 10 per cent by 2030, and aim to create the first commercial spaceflights of its kind in Europe.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps commented: “The sky is no longer the limit when it comes to the UK’s ambitions in this sector, and today we’re making a giant leap for growth and prosperity for the whole of Great Britain.

“I’m committed to growing the UK’s space industry and, with the most modern piece of space legislation in the world, we are cementing our leading role in this sector, unlocking a new era in commercial spaceflight for all 4 corners of our nation.”

Science Minister Amanda Solloway added: “The UK’s space sector is thriving, and we have bold ambitions to be the first country in Europe to launch small satellites while building space capabilities in every corner of the UK.

“Working with our space industry, regulators and across government, we will develop a modern, safe and flexible regulatory framework that will support a new era of sustainable commercial spaceflight across the UK.”

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