Newquay: Cornwall A Step Closer To Space

Play

CGI Concept Video of a UK Spaceport

01:58

Plans for Newquay to be home of Europe's first spaceport moved a step closer on Tuesday 3rd March.

The Cornish town has appeared on a shortlist of six possible locations - an updated list from July 2014. 

The shortlisted sites are now 

  • Campbeltown in Scotland 
  • Glasgow Prestwick 
  • Stornoway in Scotland
  • Newquay
  • Llanbedr in Wales. 

RAF Leuchars was also confirmed as a potential temporary facility. 

The government has confirmed widespread support for its plans and this paves the way towards making commercial spaceflight operations in the UK a reality. 

The government has ruled out 2 airfields at RAF Lossiemouth and Kinloss Barracks for operational reasons, given their vital role in Defence. 

Other locations can still be submitted if operators believe they can fulfil the requirements. 

Today's consultation response marks another step forward in our work to support this emerging industry, which will create jobs and drive economic growth. 

The next step is for the DfT to develop a detailed technical specification of spaceport requirements, prior to inviting proposals. 

This is due to be published later this year.

Recently Played Tracks

On TV: Merry Quiz-mas!

7pm - 9pm

Watch heart TV

  • Ariana Grande SIDE TO SIDE FT. NICKI MINAJ

    20:42

  • Jonas Blue BY YOUR SIDE FT. RAYE

    20:38

  • The Vamps ALL NIGHT FT. MATOMA

    20:35

  • Neiked SEXUAL

    20:29

    iTunes

Heart VIP

Local

Autumn Weather

Find your local four day weather report here.

Listening To Radio Win With Heart

Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.

Follow Heart on Twitter