UK Spaceports Vying For First Launch

Virgin Orbit LauncherOne
Virgin Orbit plans to use Newquay Airport in Cornwall, England, as a base for its LauncherOne satellite launcher. The company has received grants from the UK Space Agency and has a UK Royal Air Force test pilot embedded in its operation.
Credit: Spaceport Cornwall
The UK wants to be the first nation in Europe from which commercial launch companies can send satellites into orbit. The British government often reaches out to stakeholders—particularly those that will be affected by new regulation—for feedback on proposed legislation before it is presented to...
Tony Osborne

Based in London, Tony covers European defense programs. Prior to joining Aviation Week in November 2012, Tony was at Shephard Media Group where he was deputy editor for Rotorhub and Defence Helicopter magazines.

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