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Spaceports in Cornwall, Scotland and Wales could start operations from next summer

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Not sure what’s on the amber or green list how about a destination that’s out of this world?

You might possibly soon be able to fly from the UK straight to outer space.

The government has today unveiled new regulations that could enable the construction of spaceport sites across the UK that could bring Brits closer to the idea of space tourism.

Developed in partnership with the UK Space Agency and the Civil Aviation Authority, the new proposals will also mean satellites and rockets can launch from UK soil for the first time.

Spaceflight technologies, including high-altitude balloons and space planes could also support the country’s research programmes on tackling climate change.

The first spaceports are expected to start operations in summer 2022, with Cornwall, Wales and Scotland already prioritising spaceport plans.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “This is a pivotal moment for our spaceflight ambitions. Since the start of the spaceflight programme in 2017 we have been clear that we want to be the first country to launch into orbit from Europe.

“The laying of these regulations puts us firmly on track to see the first UK launches take place from 2022, unlocking a new era in commercial spaceflight for all four corners of our nation.”

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