1. Careers and Lifestyle
Many of our next generation would no longer need to leave Cornwall to use their skills or apply their qualifications. They could enjoy well paid, good quality careers and remain in Cornwall to enjoy the Cornish lifestyle. The Spaceport would bring this highly paid, high technology employment plus draw employers to the county and create new businesses. A whole new set of low impact, high value companies would be based or started in Cornwall.
2. Investment for growth that benefits all.
Cornwall’s working population is largely employed in the low pay sectors of agriculture and tourism. This makes the overall ‘buying power’ per capita within Cornwall lower than many other regions. It does have a aerospace and technology sector as well as a growing internet one but these do still provide only a small number of jobs. Both the building and the operating of the Spaceport would bring greater incomes and more jobs to overall increase the spending power of those living in Cornwall. In turn this would be spent on local produce, local services and local business -
3. A brand new tourism sector called ‘Space Tourism’
It is estimated that some 120,000 people have both the funds and desire to fly into space as a Space tourist. The Space tourism concept is undeniably sneered at by some but many of the most wealthy, successful and influential people of our times are signed up to it. They, their families and all those they would bring to watch would add a brand new type of tourism to our existing one. As with all types of transport, inevitably the costs would drop over time allowing more and more visitors to get involved.
4. It would increase our traditional Tourism
Would a Spaceport harm our existing tourism? The vehicles that would operate are cutting edge. Hydrogen based, clean burn fuels and infrequent, short duration flights do not compare to the activity of the former RAF base. It would put Newquay & Cornwall on the global map. The media interest itself would entice new holiday makers. If done correctly, especially if there was a dedicated visitor centre, it would be an attraction in itself for a new set of visitors.
Now there is a word that has been lacking in the last few years. Doom and gloom with pessimistic forecasts of our economic future. New Tourist destinations, the globalisation of Internet booking and the downward pressure on prices is not helping Cornwall’s tourist industry. Agriculture is under pressure from low cost imports and the Supermarket wars. With a new Spaceport, we in Cornwall would feel further commitment from central government and then other infrastructure deficiencies would have to be addressed.
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1. Noise: The UK Spaceport plan is for re-
All current Spaceplane technologies use Rocket motors. One rocket motor used has a sound level of 128 db. Concorde reached 131db and a 747 nearly 140db. Current ‘whisper jets’ are 110-
2. Pollution: To propel a Spaceplane into low Earth orbit requires a rocket motor. However, depending on the design, in many cases to get the vehicle off the ground requires jet engines. As Spaceplanes are using the most modern technology the jet engines are some of the best low emission jet engines of any jet vehicle.
But, of course, it is the rocket motor that sets them appart from normal aircraft. A pure rocket motor normally burns liquid Hydrogen & Oxygen fuel (stored in tanks). The next generation of ‘Air breathing’ rockets will only carry Hydrogen and get their Oxygen from the atmosphere. Other rockets use solid fuels with the Hydrogen & Oxygen stored in a burnable compound. Rockets that burn Hydrogen & Oxygen as fuel produce just one emission, water and can genuinely classed as emission free. Solid compound based rockets (not in most Spaceplane designers future plans) are still considerably cleaner than any jet engine.
3. Disruption: This will manifest itself in two ways:
Firstly, the construction. This would be a major construction project. Although likely to be staggered, it requires a runway extension, additional buildings and an influx of people. This will have an affect on the local and wider community and probably air services. It is logical to assume both road and air transport would increase.
Secondly, once active the Spaceport will be busy. If done correctly it is a hub for Space technology companies, Satellite launches, Space tourism, a tourist attraction in itself, film location, trade show location etc etc. If Cornwall was successful in a bid and was to go ahead and build this major, and very future orientated project, at some point it would have been decided the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.
4. A White Elephant
Spaceport America. Much quoted when a Spaceport is proposed, Spaceport America was initially reliant on one operator and was essentially located in the middle of nowhere. It has been described as a ghost town. Unlike the UK Spaceport proposition it was intended to be for one purpose only -
it is still not entirely clear how the project is to be funded. Initially it appeared the UK government, European funding and private investment would fund the Spaceport. There may be some doubt to this. Also, a large part of the building costs relate to runway extension. There is some question that by 2018 and beyond, do the Spaceplanes that will actually be flying require an extended runway.
Before Cornwall would even bid for the Spaceport the exact funding details would have to be established. If Cornwall were to win it would be one of the largest, non South East infrastructure programs in the UK for decades. A UK Spaceport would become a global ‘product’ and one could see further South West infrastructure investment following.
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As it stands as of May 2016 the original UK Spaceport bidding competition has been replaced by a licencing system. Essentially, this means the UK can have a number of locations able to run Spaceplanes and their associated services rather than the ‘winner takes all’ principle of the original bidding process The Newquay location has said that it intends to apply for a licence and therefore Spaceplane’s may be carrying paying Tourists and satellites (possibly before 2020) from a Spaceport based at Cornwall Airport Newquay and the Cornwall Aerohub. This would mean that Cornwall could be part of a pioneering, and potentially very lucrative, new Space Age that will be far more about private venture and ‘civilian’ space travel. Unquestionably, those locations that take the bold steps to be first in new ventures have repeatedly been shown to reap the rewards. For Cornwall this could be a vast addition to our economy.
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