DAILY MAIL: Is Snowdonia UK’s Answer To Cape Canaveral? Brits Could Launch From Wales By 2020

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DAILY MAIL: Spaceports, like this artist’s rendition, could soon be operational all around the UK. Mission chiefs see sleepy Snowdonia as the UK’s answer to Cape Canaveral – and have drawn up plans to make it the country’s first spaceport. (Satellite Applications SWNS.com image)

DAILYMAIL.COM – Space mission chiefs see sleepy Snowdonia as the United Kingdom’s answer to Cape Canaveral in Florida – and have drawn up plans to make it the country’s first spaceport.

They say the destination is leading Britain’s space race and could be ready to launch commercial trips to space in 2020.

Currently satellites can only be launched into orbit from space stations in countries such as the U.S. and India. But under a new SpaceFlight bill, space ports will be established in regions across the UK.

They will be operational as soon as 2020 and will allow Britain to surge ahead of other countries in the global space race.

Announcing the bill earlier this year, ministers said the UK space sector is the “future of the British economy” and the Government wants the UK to “remain at the forefront of a new commercial space age for the next 40 years.”

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DAILY MAIL: In 2015, six sites were shortlisted for possible selection for a spaceport in the UK from eight (pictured). However, since then the government has said they would support rules that would allow a spaceport to be built at any suitable location.


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