Cornwall in prime position for UK space industry

Newquay Airport has been unveiled as the only site in England thought suitable to become a hub for the UK space industry.

Newquay Airport confirmed as possible spaceport site

Could Cape Canaveral be coming to Cornwall? Credit: NASA

It's been confirmed that Newquay Airport is one of eight sites shortlisted to be Britain's first spaceport.

Aviation Minister Robert Goodwill announced today that it's one of the only sites in England to match the strict criteria. A decision on the final location will be made by next year.

It's due to open in 2018 and will be used to launch tourists and commercial satellites into space.

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Newquay could be site of new spaceport

Cornwall could be the site of a new multi billion pound spaceport to launch satellites and rockets carrying passengers into space.

Newquay Airport is the only site in England to match the proposed criteria for a spaceport, with other sites identified in Wales and Scotland. The Government is hoping to decide on a location by next year and have it up and running by 2018.

Speculation spaceport could be built in Cornwall

Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station near Helston in Cornwall. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA

Cornwall could be the site for a new spaceport to launch satellites and rockets carrying passengers into space.

A report in today's Sunday Times says land near Goonhilly is one of two possible places in the West of the county being considered by the Government for the UK's first commercial space facility.

Science Minister David Willetts hopes the new station could be running by 2018 as part of the £11 billion space industry.

More details are expected to be announced on Tuesday.