Commercial spaceflight

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

Documents relating to the operation of small-satellite launch vehicles and sub-orbital flights from UK spaceports.

This collection draws together work being done across government to enable this activity in the UK, including establishing a legal framework to regulate commercial spaceflight and developing the UK launch and sub-orbital flight markets.

The UK is one of the best places in the world to run a space business. Find out more by reading our LaunchUK Prospectus.

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  1. Evidence wanted on liabilities, insurance and charging for UK commercial spaceflight

    • News story
  2. New laws unlock exciting space era for UK

    • News story
  3. UK space launch programme receives £50 million boost in Government’s Industrial Strategy

    • News story
  4. U.S.-UK Trade and Investment Working Group Statement

    • News story
  5. Bids for government funding prove strong interest in LaunchUK

    • News story
  6. Introduction of Space Industry Bill shows UK’s commitment to commercial spaceflight

    • News story
  7. Launch UK brings together UK commercial space sector

    • News story
  8. New legal powers could send UK scientists into space to research vaccines and medicines

    • News story
  9. Government announces boost for UK commercial space sector

    • Press release


  1. LaunchUK: Roadshow

    • Notice
  2. LaunchUK: campaign launch

    • Notice



  1. Operating a spaceport in the UK

    • Guidance
  2. Launching into space from the UK

    • Guidance
  3. Spaceplanes and sub-orbital flights in the UK

    • Guidance

Publications, reports and consultations

Funding Opportunities

Download the latest call for proposals.

Published 8 February 2017
Last updated 9 February 2017 + show all updates
  1. Call for proposals added.
  2. First published.