Could Europe's first spaceport be built in Newquay?

Lift-off for Newquay? Credit: Orlando Sentinel/ABACA/Press Association Images

Newquay could be home to Europe's first spaceport, paving the way for commercial space travel in the UK.

A spaceport would be capable of launching satellites and commercial spaceships into outer orbit.

This morning, the government published the outcome of a 3 month consultation which showed widespread industry support for its plans.

The remaining shortlisted locations include Newquay, Campbeltown, Glasgow Prestwick and Stornoway Scotland.

We want Britain to lead the way in commercial spaceflight. Establishing a spaceport will ensure we are at the forefront of this exciting new technology. Today’s consultation response marks another step forward in our work to support this emerging industry, which will create jobs and drive economic growth."

Robert Goodwill, Aviation Minister

Paving the way for a national spaceport is one of our biggest science achievements in this parliament. It greatly underscores the work of our space innovation and growth strategy to position the UK as a world-leader in this exciting arena that is expected to be worth up to £400 billion a year to the global economy by 2030.

Vince Cable, Business Secretary