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Britain should have a spaceport says IoD report

18 May 2012, 09:29 UTC
Britain should have a spaceport says IoD report
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The United Kingdom’s Institude of Directors (IoD) has commissioned a report into Britain’s Space Industry. The report called Space: Britain’s New Space Infrastructure notes how well the space business is doing in the United Kingdom. While it reports that this is mainly on the back of “downstream” activities like satellite television and space insurance, it also states that Britain has found itself a successful niche role in spacecraft manufacturing via Astrium and Surrey Satelltie Technology Limited (both firms are owned by EADS).
As it notes the growth of commercial orbital and suborbital space launch providers in the world, and reports the UK firm Reaction Engines’ progress with its Skylon spaceplane technology studies (this writer is a small shareholder in the firm) the report has called for the construction of a spaceport with an extra long runway in the UK to allow it and other reusable launch operators to use.
Comment by David Todd: This spaceport idea is probably a good one but it should be built on UK territory rather than on the UK mainland. While Scotland could be used as a launch site for polar and sun-synchronous missions (northbound flights would not overfly any built up areas) for ...

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