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VIDEO: What A Trip To Space From Cornwall Could Look Like

Newquay Spaceport Conceptual image
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2:10pm 29th October 2014
(Updated 2:10pm 29th October 2014)

A video has been released of what a trip into space from Cornwall might look like.

The CGI simulation shows a space plane journey and looking back down to the Duchy.

The new website has launched with CGI pictures and information too.

It is as a bid to bring a UK spaceport to the Newquay airport site goes in.

It could mean the site is used for space tourism or to launch satellites but tickets for a trip 60km into space cost around £150,000.

It is understood officials think Newquay's location near the coast and giant runway could make it perfect.

It is the only site in England put forward, since the others are in Wales and Scotland.

Three things about the possible spaceport:

1. When would building begin?

The aim is completion for 2018.  The runway would require extending and in parallel the spaceport itself being constructed. It would be reasonable to assume that preliminary building could start early 2016. However, if the project is forced on the local community local objections may play some negative part in a construction start time.

2. What is a SpacePort?

A Spaceport, in this context, is simply the same as an airport but for air vehicles destined for space. However, these vehicles must generally exhibit the traits of ordinary aircraft, they are normally fixed wing and intended to land on a runaway similar to any aircraft. They are commonly called ‘Spaceplanes’.  Generally a spaceport is not intended for the use of vertical takeoff rocket systems (Such as Ariane, the old Apollo and current Russian Rockets). However, it may be used for Spaceplanes who exhibit Vertical take off and Landing abilities.  A spaceport, like any Airport can be used for Civilian Space Tourism, commercial space travel and payload deployment such as experiments or satellites. Please see the extensive information under the ‘INFORMATION’ tab

3. Why Newquay?

Newquay Airport (RAF ST MAWGAN) has been identified as having the necessary infrastructure to build a Space.port It has a runway that will only need a small extension, the runway goes out to sea to minimize any dangers and the local air traffic is minimal. Please see how the decision was arrived at under the ‘GOV DOCS’ tab.

You can watch the video here:

2:10pm 29th October 2014

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