The UK plans first commercial spaceport by 2018
The space race continues
Unveiled this week, at the Farnborough Airshow, plans for the UK's first launch facility are now underway, with eight potential sites contending for the right to accommodate the first spaceport outside of the United States.
Six of the venues under deliberation are based in Scotland, while the other two are located in Wales and England.
"I am delighted that the government is pushing forward with its ambitious plans to open a spaceport in the UK by 2018. Spaceports will be key to us opening up the final frontier of commercial space travel," stated Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the treasury.
According to Britain's Civil Aviation Authority, the new spaceport will initially be used to launch satellites into orbit for scientific experiments, but will begin space travel operations by 2018 or earlier – which is set to include Virgin Galactic and Xcor.