Commercial spaceflight

Information, documents and announcements related to the commercial spaceflight programme in the UK.

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This collection draws together work being done by the UK Spaceflight Programme to enable commercial markets for small satellite launch and sub-orbital flight in the UK. The programme is delivered by the UK Space Agency, Department for Transport and Civil Aviation Authority and is establishing new laws and regulations, incentivising growth in the market and engaging internationally.

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  1. The new space age: more than £900,000 for education and range control to support Launch UK
  2. Britain competes for the launch of an estimated 2,000 satellites by 2030
  3. Lockheed Martin and Orbex to launch UK into new space age
  4. One giant leap: Vertical launch spaceport to bring UK into new space age
  5. Evidence wanted on liabilities, insurance and charging for UK commercial spaceflight
  6. New laws unlock exciting space era for UK
  7. UK space launch programme receives £50 million boost in Government’s Industrial Strategy
  8. U.S.-UK Trade and Investment Working Group Statement
  9. Bids for government funding prove strong interest in LaunchUK
  10. Introduction of Space Industry Bill shows UK’s commitment to commercial spaceflight
  11. Launch UK brings together UK commercial space sector
  12. New legal powers could send UK scientists into space to research vaccines and medicines
  13. Government announces boost for UK commercial space sector


  1. LaunchUK: Roadshow
  2. LaunchUK: campaign launch


Publications, reports and consultations

  1. Evaluation: UK Spaceport Business Case
  2. Brochure: UK Spaceflight Programme
  3. Brochure: UK Spaceflight Programme
  4. Call for evidence: space industry act 2018
  5. Industrial Strategy: building a Britain fit for the future
  6. Commercial spaceplane certification and operations: UK government review
  7. Spaceport: locations and criteria
  8. Commercial spaceplane operations: memorandum of cooperation

Funding Opportunities

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Published 8 February 2017
Last updated 11 December 2018 + show all updates
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