The UK’s first space launch will take place at Spaceport Cornwall after a license has been granted by the Civil Aviation Authority.
The remodeled Newquay Airport was licensed by regulators after approval by Transport Secretary Mark Harper.
With this, the British space agency gave the green light to get one step closer to a historic launch.
The first mission is expected to be carried out in the coming weeks by entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson’s company Virgin Orbit.
It comes as a converted Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 named Cosmic Girl and Virgin Orbit’s LauncherOne rocket flew from California in the US to Spaceport Cornwall last week.
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Spaceport Cornwall was granted the license after demonstrating that it met the required safety, security, environmental and other aspects to operate a UK spaceport.
And the approval also means that Newquay Airport has the infrastructure, equipment and services for horizontal space launches.
The growing space industry will spur innovation and is valued at £16.5 billion and supports 47,000 jobs.
Richard Moriarty, Chief Executive of the Civil Aviation Authority, said: “This is a historic moment as we license the first-ever spaceport in the UK.
“We are proud to be doing our part to support the UK’s space ambitions by assessing the safety, security and other requirements of these activities.
“This is another important milestone in making this country a leading launch nation.”
Plans to approve a second base off mainland Scotland are welcomed by Saxavord, a spaceport said to be based in Shetland that hopes to have launches next year.
Melissa Thorpe, Head of Spaceport Cornwall said: “To be the first spaceport in the UK to be licensed to operate is a historic moment.
“The regulatory environment put in place by the Civil Aviation Authority ensures that launching in the UK will set a global benchmark in terms of accountability and transparency.
“Cornwall is now poised to open up the use of Space for Good and support UK industry to harness the power of space for the benefit of life on Earth.”
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