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Spaceflight: Licensing

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 236536, tabled on 25 March 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress his Department has made on awarding spaceport licences for horizontal satellite launch in the United Kingdom.

Answered on

28 March 2019

The Space Industry Act 2018 was a major step towards establishing the safe and supportive regulatory framework needed to enable launches to take place from the early 2020s. Work across the Government is now under way to develop the secondary legislation required before the Civil Aviation Authority can formally assess licence applications for horizontal spaceports.