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Cornwall Fits Spaceport Criteria

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 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."

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