Launching into space from the UK

Advice for launch service providers interested in launching small-satellites from the UK.


The Government is enabling a new commercial market for small satellite launch in the UK. This will allow licensed providers to launch small-satellites into space from UK spaceports.

The Government aims to enable Commercial Spaceflight from UK spaceports by 2020.


You will have to be licenced to launch into space from the UK.

The Government’s Commercial Spaceflight team, a partnership between the UK Space Agency, Department for Transport and Civil Aviation Authority, supported by the Health and Safety Executive, are currently developing new regulations to licence UK launch activity.

This page will be updated with the latest information on licensing as it is released.

Get in touch

If you are interested in launching small-satellites into space from the UK, the Government’s Commercial Spaceflight team can help answer any questions you may have on the regulation being developed, the UK space industry and the support that is available.

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Published 7 February 2017