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A Closer Look at the UK’s Commercial Space Review

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Following the release of the document, “UK Government Review of Commercial Spaceplane Certification and Operations: Summary and Conclusions,” almost all media attention focused on one element of the report: the 8 candidate sites for the nation’s first spaceport.

This laser focus is easy to understand. The fierce, tooth-and-nail competition to land some big government project will be fun to watch. And spaceports are super cool. Well, they are when space planes are actually flying to space. When like a decade goes by with people promising imminent spaceflights without a single one taking place, spaceports become a lot less cool.  (I’m looking at you…everybody in Mojave!)

But, I digress. I went through the 80-page document and the 321-page technical report its based on so you don’t have to. Why would I do this? Because you guys are the best! You’re very welcome.

Key excerpts follow with commentary as appropriate. Read away!

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Lossiemouth Promoted as UK Space Tourism Base

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Artist's conception of WhiteKnight2/SpaceShipTwo in flight (credit: Virgin Galactic)

Push on for Moray RAF space base lift-off site
The Press and Journal

Science Minister Lord Drayson has been urged to include the possibility of Lossiemouth becoming a spaceport in pursuing his policy of increasing the UK’s share of the space technology market.

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Moray MP: What You Talkin’ About, Willie?

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MP ‘mystified’ by comments about UK space flights
The Press and Journal

Moray MP Angus Robertson last night said he was “mystified” by Virgin Galactic’s claims that British laws must be changed before Moray can be considered as Europe’s international space station base.

The company plans to offer space tourism flights to the paying public within five years and Lossiemouth’s RAF base is their first UK choice as a spaceport.

Virgin Galactic’s president Will Whitehorn this weekend warned Britain “has no legislation to allow us to fly here – there is no regulatory authority”.

He confirmed locations in Sweden were also being considered as bases for Virgin’s European operations.

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Group Hopes to Turn Machrihanish into Tourist Mecca With Virgin Galactic

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Richard Branson poses with Virgin Galactic ticketholders and staff members in front of WhiteKnightTwo.

Richard Branson poses with Virgin Galactic ticketholders and staff members in front of WhiteKnightTwo.

Sunday Herald and BBC pick up on For Argyll’s campaign to attract Virgin Galactic to Machrihanish
For Argyll

If Virgin Galactic did opt for Machrihanish as their UK Spaceport, imagine what that would mean for Argyll. Every run up to a launch; every batch of space tourists arriving for a panoramic view like no other and a brief shot of weightlessness; every launch, every return….

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Will Virgin Galactic Fly Out of Scotland’s Version of Area 51?

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Artist's conception of WhiteKnight2/SpaceShipTwo in flight (credit: Virgin Galactic)

Artist's conception of WhiteKnight2/SpaceShipTwo in flight (credit: Virgin Galactic)

Some interesting news about Virgin Galactic’s efforts to launch space tourism in Scotland, courtesy of the Sunday Herald:

Based tales of UFOs, secretive government test sites, mysterious hangars and underground cities, it is a sales pitch that is literally out of this world. A group of industrious locals in Argyll have clubbed together to try and convince Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson’s new venture in space tourism, to turn the disused RAF base in Machrihanish on the Mull of Kintyre into its UK spaceport.

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

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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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UK Pols Enthused About Space Tourism in Scotland

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Artist's conception of WhiteKnight2/SpaceShipTwo in flight (credit: Virgin Galactic)

Artist's conception of WhiteKnight2/SpaceShipTwo in flight (credit: Virgin Galactic)

Moray space flights bid is backed
The Press and Journal

Moray MP Angus Robertson and MSP Richard Lochhead held talks in Edinburgh yesterday in an effort to secure the use of RAF Lossiemouth for the ambitious project….

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$200K and We Can’t See a Thing? Who Booked This Space Tourism Trip?

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Rocketplane Global CEO Chuck Lauer raised a really interesting question during his presentation at Space Access ’09 on Saturday: Does it make sense to launch space tourists from a place with notoriously bad weather?

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Scotland: An Emerging Space Power?

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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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Scottish Space Tourism Base Could Net UK Billions

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MP’s delight at talks on potential for Moray space flights: No Serious Barriers to Scots Facility
The Press and Journal

Preliminary talks in London last night established no serious barriers to establishing a space-launch facility in the north-east, an MP claimed.

Moray SNP MP Angus Robertson was speaking after a meeting with Science Minister Lord Drayson and Ian Gibson, director of space technology and industrial policy at the British National Space Centre.

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