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I just saw this, which looks like exciting news: "The UK could seek to build a spaceport for commercial use, a government minister has said. Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said the UK would aggressively seek to take advantage of the growth in space tourism - and that there was "an opportunity for us to seize the advantage in terms of both technology and regulation. Space tourism and commercial space are just beyond the horizon".
Colonel RhuairidhRegarding QM's point, that is significant for straight-up rocket launches, but I think they're thinking more in terms of things like Mr. Branston's Space plane, that could use conventional Runways
Jul 10 2012 05:51 PM
questionmark^^ it is,and will be, the only cheap way to get anything into orbit. Those planes you are talking about are all suborbital. And I doubt that beyond being a novelty they will go anywhere for a long time.
Jul 10 2012 06:26 PM
Colonel RhuairidhIt's a starting point, though. With, say, ramjet propulsion they could build on it from there. I really do think that we're going to get nowhere if we just wait for State funded space programs to come up with some bright ideas, since they're very low down the list of Governments' priorities
Jul 10 2012 06:33 PM