UK Spaceport Update: Moray’s Bids Are Still Dead

UK_flagOfficials in Scotland have thrown in the towel on their effort to convince the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to reconsider its decision to eliminate RAF Lossiemouth and Kinloss Barracks from the list of possible UK spaceports.

The Moray Economic Partnership (MEP) led the local fight to convince the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to put Lossiemouth and Kinloss back in the running.

But a spokesman for the partnership said yesterday: “After consulting with our MP Angus Robertson and after further communications with the Ministry of Defence, we have sadly taken the decision to put our bid for a spaceport for Moray on hold.

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UK to Ease Liability Regs on Space Tourism, Now Needs Weather Machine

Reports out of the cloud shrouded island of Britain indicate that the government wants to easy liability laws that have discouraged space tourism companies from operating out of the United Kingdom:

The 1986 Outer Space Act is the primary piece of legislation in Britain governing all matters to do with space activity. Commentators have long called for it to be updated, especially in relation to the liabilities that cover space operations – if there was an accident involving a British spacecraft, for example.

At the moment, liabilities are essentially unlimited and this makes insurance premiums much more expensive for UK companies than their international competitors.

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British Government Slammed for Doing Little to Promote Space Tourism

Artists conception of WhiteKnightTwo and the SpaceShipTwo space tourism vehicle. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)
Artists conception of WhiteKnightTwo and the SpaceShipTwo space tourism vehicle. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)

At a space tourism conference last week in London, Virgin Galactic CEO Will Whitehorn said the UK needed to make regulatory changes before his company would consider basing space tourism flights out of RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland.

The Times reports that the government was warned about this problem years ago but has taken no action: (more…)

Business Leader Offers to Pay £440 for Scottish Government Officials to Attend Space Tourism Conference

Artists conception of WhiteKnightTwo and the SpaceShipTwo space tourism vehicle. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)
Artists conception of WhiteKnightTwo and the SpaceShipTwo space tourism vehicle. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)

Business leader wades into row over space event
The Press and Journal

The row over Moray Council’s decision to pull out of an upcoming space tourism conference took another twist last night as a business leader offered to pay for representatives to attend the event.

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Big Row Over Scottish Town’s Decision Not to Send Reps to Space Tourism Conference

Fury over ‘lost opportunity’ of space tourism conference
The Press and Journal

A furious councillor yesterday accused Moray Council’s administration of a lack of vision after it decided not to send representatives to an upcoming space tourism conference. Members of the planning and regulatory services committee had been due to decide who would attend next week’s event, which will include a talk on Virgin Galactic’s possible collaboration with RAF Lossiemouth.

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Scotland: An Emerging Space Power?

Reaching for the stars will soon be a reality in Lossie
The Northern Scot

The company, which is developing its White Knight shuttle craft in America, has expressed an interest in establishing a mission control here in Moray from which it would take space tourists to an altitude of 110km in a MAC 3 climb, to experience 15 minutes of zero gravity as they look down on earth.

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