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16/7/2014

It is likely that local objections to the expansion will feature heavily in the debate. Invariably there will be environmental considerations. It is also not entirely clear if the project is to be totally central government funded which may raise concerns about money being drawn from local taxpayers. The openness of this web site to all opinions should allow valid debate by questions being raised and answers given.

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, under the Chairman Chris Pomfret, will be creating and tendering the planned bid for Newquay. Their website is:  www.cornwallandislesofscillylep.com

The local Newquay MP, Stephen Gilbert  is clearly and actively in favour of the Project and will do his utmost to get the Spaceport built at Newquay. His views are expressed on his website here: http://stephengilbert.org.uk/en/article/2014/871716/gilbert-welcomes-news-that-newquay-could-host-uk-s-first-spaceport

Chris Pomfret , chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly local enterprise partnership is also strongly in favour of the Spaceport. It is likely most, if not all business groups, will be in favour of the project.

The local councillor for St Mawgan itself is against the project and has “reservations against the proposal” in terms of noise and disruption to existing services that may be caused by extending the runway.

As and when more ‘concrete’ information becomes available we will present it.


23/7/2014

THE Government has revealed the reasoning why Newquay Cornwall Airport has been shortlisted as a potential site to locate the UK’s first spaceport.

A cross-government team, including the UK Space Agency, Civil Aviation Authority and Department for Transport, has selected the facility as a possible location as its 2,745-metre runway can be extended to over 3,000 metres in length, which is needed for the spacecraft to take off and land.

The Government-backed Aerospace Enterprise Zone has also been singled out as it has the ability to accommodate dedicated segregated airspace to manage spaceflights safely and has a reasonable distance from densely populated areas in order to minimise impact on residents.

Additionally, the airport experiences favourable weather conditions needed for operations and has suitable transport links.


Newquay Cornwall Airport is one of eight potential sites for the UK’s first spaceport for commercial space flights that may operate to deploy satellites, perform space experiments or be used for space tourism.

These include Campbeltown Airport, Glasgow Prestwick Airport, Kinloss Barracks, RAF Leuchars, RAF Lossiemouth and Stornoway Airport, which are all in Scotland, as well as Llanbedr Airport in Wales.

The Department for Transport will now start a consultation period before inviting formal bids in the autumn, with a view to choosing a preferred site by April next year.


Cornwall Council, which owns Newquay Cornwall Airport, has not decided whether it wants to enter the space race and be considered as a site to host the spaceport. The authority will look at the Civil Aviation Authority’s technical report before making a final decision.

The Government’s ambition is for a UK spaceport to open in 2018,  providing a focus for regional and international investment for growth and establishing the UK as a leader in the rapidly-expanding space market. Meanwhile the UK Space Agency has unveiled plans on how the spaceport could look.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “Space is big business for the UK. It already contributes £11.3 billion to the economy each year, supporting nearly 35,000 jobs. That’s why it’s important for us to prepare the UK for new launcher technology and take steps towards meeting our ambition of establishing the first British spaceport by 2018.


“Exploring the opportunities that commercial spaceflight presents, and potentially making strategic investments in this area, will support the growth of this thriving industry and underpin the economy of tomorrow, making the UK the place for space.”

Aviation Minister Robert Goodwill said: “In order to lead the way on commercial spaceflight, we will need to establish a spaceport that enables us to operate regular flights.

“The work published has got the ball rolling – now we want to work with others to take forward this exciting project and have Britain’s first spaceport up and running by 2018.”