U.S., UK Sign Declaration to Work Together on Space Activities

UK lays the foundation for rockets, high-altitude balloons and spaceplanes to lift off from spaceports across the UK, creating thousands of jobs in the process.

  • lift-off moment for UK-US spaceflight as Transport Secretary makes landmark declaration in Washington
  • partnership to cut red tape, making commercial launches from both countries easier and more streamlined 
  • comes as UK prepares for first satellite launch from home soil this year, creating thousands of high-skilled jobs 

WASHINGTON (UK Government PR) — Future spaceflight will be made easier and cheaper, following a landmark partnership with the United States to help cut red tape and boost opportunities in the UK, signed by the Transport Secretary this week in Washington.


UK Bans Aviation and Space Exports to Russia Over Ukraine Invasion

  • new powers to detain Russian aircraft and remove aircraft belonging to designated individuals and entities from the UK register
  • ban on the export of aviation and space-related goods and technology, including technical assistance
  • further ban on UK companies providing insurance and re-insurance services in relation to these goods and technology

LONDON (UK Government PR) — Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has announced a new suite of aviation sanctions giving the UK Government new powers to detain any Russian aircraft here in the UK. We have also strengthened the current overflight and landing ban on Russian aircraft, laying new legislation today to make it a criminal offence for any Russian aircraft to fly or land in the UK.


Lift off for UK Spaceflight as Regulations Passed

  • new regulations pave the way for spaceflight and satellite launches from UK soil
  • satellite launches could improve sat nav systems here on earth and allow us to monitor weather patterns and climate change
  • planned spaceport sites across the UK to create a significant number of highly skilled jobs, with the potential for launches to take place from 2022

LONDON (UK Space Agency PR) — Another step towards space exploration from UK soil has been unlocked, with the passing of the spaceflight regulations, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced today (29 July 2021).

The legislation provides the framework to regulate the UK space industry and enable launches to take place from British soil for the very first time. It will unlock a potential £4 billion of market opportunities over the next decade, creating thousands of jobs and benefiting communities right across the UK.


Launch of Nanosat Competition for Young People to Help Make UK Spaceflight History

  • competition launched by government to inspire the next generation of British space scientists
  • young people asked to design a ‘nanosatellite’ with the winning entry destined for space
  • as G7 and COP26 hosts, the design will also support the UK’s ambitious net zero targets by helping to monitor the effects of climate change

CORNWALL, UK (Department of Transport PR) — Young people will have the chance to send their own small satellite into space as a competition to inspire the next generation of British space scientists and entrepreneurs launches today (9 June 2021).

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was at Goonhilly Earth Station in Cornwall today to announce the contest, which is looking for nanosatellite designs that can help support the UK’s ambitious decarbonisation targets.


British Spaceflight to Become Reality as Government Provides Launch Pad for Spaceports

Artist’s impression of a UK spaceport. (Credit: Perfect Circle PV)

Satellites and rockets could launch from UK soil in 2022, with spaceports planned for Cornwall, Wales and Scotland.

  • government paves the way for commercial space launches from UK soil with new regulations
  • planned spaceport sites across Great Britain to create hundreds of jobs as we build back better
  • regulations provide grounding for new business opportunities such as space tourism from newly established spaceports

LONDON (Department of Transport PR) — Another barrier to space exploration from UK soil is lifted today (24 May 2021), with spaceports expected to be in operation from next summer.

Developed with the UK Space Agency and the Civil Aviation Authority, new regulations being laid in Parliament today will mean satellites and rockets can launch from UK soil for the first time – with spaceports planned for Cornwall, Wales and Scotland.