Space flight is next frontier for UK under new powers
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Feb 21, 2017,
Feb 21, 2017, 10:42
The powers will allow the launch of satellites from Britain for the first time, horizontal flights to the edge of space for scientific research and the establishment and operation of spaceports in regions across the country. According to news, the launch will happen in 2020, taking United Kingdom ahead of other countries.
Tariq Ahmad, the UK Aviation Minster has declared on February 20 that they had never launched a spacecraft from the UK before.
The proposals are bound to enter into a market where its profits were estimated at $30 billion during the next twenty years. Moreover, the proposed rules will be implemented in parliament by the end of this year.
New powers will mean British scientists will be able to conduct vital experiments in zero gravity which could help develop vaccines and medicines.
It is a daring step for the future of the United Kingdom in space, and it is one which we are excited to be taking.
Under the new proposals, the first commercial flight could lift off from a United Kingdom space port by 2020. It already employs thousands of people and supports industries worth more than £250m to the economy, and we want to grow it further. He said that we could not imagine weather prediction through satellites 40 years before.
Alongside our on-going research and discoveries in space, commercial satellite launch capability will create highly skilled jobs and boost local economies.
These days most of data is derived from satellites, including weather forecasts, GPS, broadband and telecommunications, but spaceflights from United Kingdom spaceports will launch the satellites for the first time.
This week they're engaging the appropriate parties to enable the launch of space satellites from their own country.
The British government is also seeking funding and specific proposals from spaceflight-related businesses and industries.
'With this week's Spaceflight Bill launch, we will cement the UK's position as a world-leader in this emerging market, giving us an opportunity to build on existing strengths in research and innovation.' New launch technology for small satellites will provide low cost, reliable access to space, the department added.