Scroll down to find the pieces from Prospect’s space supplement
You might not know it, but Britain has a burgeoning space industry—40 per cent of all satellites currently in orbit were made in Britain. The government is now determined to push the space industry as far as it can go.
The economic arguments for that ambition are strong. Jobs in the space sector are generally well-paid and require highly-skilled personnel, exactly the type of productivity-boosting employment that the government craves.
Good news, then, that No 10 included a big slab of space spending in its industrial strategy plans—£50m—which, as the CEO of the UK Space Agency tells me, is a useful amount indeed. But the aim of this spending is not to kick-start a government-backed space programme of the sort that put men on the moon. This time round the aim is to draw in the private sector, so that companies like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic take the lead. Both companies are working on their own independent space launch capabilities.
One of the sites from which these new craft might launch is Newquay. For anyone who’s visited the north Cornish town, its associations might lean more towards surfing, buckets and spades, and ice cream. But, as the Director of Spaceport Cornwall explains Newquay airport turns out to be especially well suited for launching spacecraft.