Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

WATCH: Spaceport 'almost certain' for Cornwall

spaceport -goonhilly

8:57am 18th June 2017
(Updated 8:57am 18th June 2017)

Bosses tell Pirate FM it is almost certain Cornwall will get a spaceport.

Stuart McIntyre, chief executive of Orbital Access Limited, says he does not think it is a matter of 'if' - but of 'when'.

He is part of a new partnership as plans for the Newquay site move a step closer which could see small satellites launched into orbit from the Duchy.

He says the UK-based launch systems and aerospace services business will partner up to provide horizontal launch services out of the site.

They also plan to open an office at Goonhilly later this year.

Stuart said: "The opportunity for Newquay and Cornwall to establish a spaceport is very much its own choice now and I think on that basis Cornwall will have a spaceport.

"Even if we can't operate launch vehicles from Newquay, there are still many things that we can successfully do in the space sector in the area.

"It's likely, I would argue almost certain, that there will be probably be two spaceports in the UK - probably one in Scotland and one in Cornwall.

"It's important to us as we develop the system in the UK that we are fully integrated and established in Cornwall".

The aim of the partnership is to collaborate in the development of Spaceport Cornwall, which comprises Cornwall Airport Newquay, Goonhilly Earth Station and the wider space and aerospace supply chain in Cornwall, and to establish Orbital Access as a principal operator.

It is also part of the bid for a grant from the UK Space Agency to establish 'cost-effective end-to-end launch services' from an operational UK spaceport by 2020, as set out in the draft UK Spaceflight Bill.

Sandra Rothwell, Chief Executive of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, which is leading the Spaceport Cornwall project, said: "We're delighted to welcome such a high profile Spaceport Cornwall partner and look forward to Orbital Access opening an office at Goonhilly.

"Our ambition is to develop a thriving space industry in Cornwall using our existing world-class assets to provide low cost access to space.

"Cornwall Airport Newquay and Goonhilly are both within our Aerohub Enterprise Zone which means we can offer a suite of incentives to inward investors, unlocking further investment into business, science, skills and future space and satellite technologies in Cornwall."

spaceport

With an estimated economic value of more than £5.9 billion by 2030, top bods behind the UK spaceport and launcher project say it will provide new jobs and technologies and inspire and promote science, engineering, research and innovations to the next generation.

They add that it will also create a space cluster for the fast growing small satellite industry, harnessing existing entities - such as Goonhilly Earth Station - and a wide range of new UK aerospace companies, academic institutions and specialist contractors.

Ian Jones, chief executive of Goonhilly Earth Station, said: "We're very pleased to welcome Stuart and the Orbital Access team to Goonhilly.

"We have great office space and technical facilities here as well as access to unparalleled satellite communications and terrestrial data connectivity. We're delighted to be hosting Orbital Access as they continue to expand their business."

space

Up to £10 million is available to make the UK the first place in Europe where commercial space operators can launch small satellites into orbit and offer spaceplane flights for science and tourism.

The LEP is leading Cornwall's bid to establish Spaceport Cornwall across two sites at Cornwall Airport Newquay and Goonhilly Earth Station.

Pirate FM told you how industry experts think it will boost the Cornish economy by up to £50 million and create hundreds of new jobs.

They say it will offer an unrivalled combination of horizontal launch, monitoring and tracking facilities.

The bid also outlines why Cornwall is perfectly placed to maximise the potential from the fast growing global small satellite launch market, and spaceplane development.

Check out what a spaceport for Cornwall might look like...

 

It will seek up to £10 million of investment to upgrade facilities at Cornwall Airport Newquay to make Spaceport Cornwall a reality.

This would include a Spaceplane Systems Integration Facility comprising a hangar and clean rooms to cater for satellite and future flight technologies.

An announcement of successful bids is expected in the summer.

This will be followed by a spaceport licence application under the Government's Spaceflight Bill, which sets out how the Government plans to regulate spaceflight activities from UK spaceports.

8:57am 18th June 2017

Share This Story

Contact Us

If you would like to submit a query or provide more information on this story please get in touch below.

Please wait...
  • Up to 3 JPG or PNG images, 2MB max size
  • We will always endeavour to credit you when we publish your pictures.
  • By uploading you are agreeing to this non-exclusive reuse, royalty-free, across all Pirate FM platforms, which extends to our partner broadcasters.
  • You retain copyright to all images.
  • If you would like to send us a video, please upload to YouTube or similar and paste the video URL into the message above.
Suggested articles
Trending
A30 crash

A police update after serious crash on the A30

The collision shut the road for seven hours

police 2

A teenager is fighting for life after crash off A38

Police say a car lost control at Liskeard and hit a tree

Suggested articles

Trending in Cornwall

BREAKING: Man suffers life-changing injuries after A30 crash

The road is closed between Camborne and Hayle

Plymouth dad jailed after shaking six-month-old baby

The tot was rushed to hospital but couldn't be saved

68 deaths on south-west roads in a year

Devon and Cornwall crime tsar calls for more funding

PHOTOS: What a geothermal-heated spa in Penzance could look like

Planning permission has been given to Jubilee Pool

Head-on crash closes a stretch of Cornwall's A38

The road has now cleared near Bodmin

Desperate appeal to help Cornwall man with terminal cancer

His girlfriend is Crowdfunding for a trip to Florida

VIDEO: Three men jailed after this knifepoint robbery

CCTV shows a Plymouth shop worker being threatened

Police appeal launched after crash on Cornwall's A30

A stretch near Launceston was closed for seven hours

PHOTOS: The car fire that blocked a Cornish road

Firefighters were scrambled to St Eval on Monday

WATCH: Dog trapped by the tide at Cornish beach

Rescuers plucked Barney to safety at Whitsand Bay

More news...

Pirate Extra Pirate 70s Escape LoveCornwall