Report: United Kingdom To Launch First Spaceport By 2018

LONDON (CBS Tampa) – Looking to establish itself as a space tourism destination, the British government says it will begin work on a spaceport, reports Space.com.

The $85 million facility could be operational within two years, with the first sub-orbital flight in 2018. The spaceport could also support satellite launches and rocket engine testing by the time it is finished in 2030.

The United Kingdom Space Agency plan envisions a space tourism industry worth $65 million a year and space plane industry worth over $33 billion by 2030.

The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority has identified eight locations across Great Britain as potential sites; six in Scotland, one in Wales and one site along England’s southern coast.

The plan was unveiled at the Farnborough International Airshow last month.

(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Tampa

Best Holiday Volunteer Opportunities for the Family in Tampa BayGet the family together to make a difference in the Tampa Bay community this holiday season.
CBS Tampa’s Social Media LinksFollow us!

Listen Live