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Cornwall Fits Spaceport Criteria
8:02am 20th July 2014
It sounds like Cornwall fits the criteria to host the UK's first ever spaceport.
It is after Pirate FM told you Newquay Airport is on a shortlist of eight possible sites.
It would include tourism trips, putting up satellites and research.
Dr David Parker from the UK Space Agency says it will be ready for blast-off by 2018.
He thinks it will help grow the economy too, he said: "You need a very long runway, you need a location near to the coast, and you need a big patch of empty air to fly your space plane in, so now we are going to talk to all the people who might want to operate a space plane and take the work forward.
"We are about trying to create commercial opportunity space activates in the UK, and a space port and operating space planes would be just like operating trains or aeroplanes or any other transportation services, and would create jobs and opportunities for economic growth."8:02am 20th July 2014
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