Virgin Galactic campaign for UK spaceport gets heavyweight backing

9th Feb 2010
Virgin Galactic campaign for UK spaceport gets heavyweight backing

Virgin Galatic’s attempt to launch its space tourism venture from a UK base has been given heavyweight public and private sector backing.

A joint industry and government report led by Andy Green, chief executive of Logica, the IT group, is supporting Virgin Galactic’s campaign to bring space tourism to the masses from a UK base, with RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland named as the preferred site.

Green says that allowing Virgin Galactic to launch from the UK would stimulate jobs and investment in the country’s £7 billion-a-year space industry.

His report will argue that the sector should aim to boost its share of the global market to 10% from 6.5%, and create 70,000 UK jobs.

The Innovation and Growth Team (IGT) report will say that space is one of Britain’s hidden success stories, with average growth of 9% a year.


Lord Drayson, the science minister, is already campaigning for a British space agency. Green will challenge the government to double its £265m space budget, in part by diverting cash from security and environmental budgets.


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