Operating a spaceport in the UK

Advice for sites interested in operating a spaceport in the UK.


The Government is enabling new commercial markets for small satellite launch and sub-orbital flights in the UK. Both of these markets will require the development of UK spaceports.

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


You will need a licence to operate a spaceport in the UK.

The 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 spaceports.

Until the licensing criteria are set-out in regulation, potential spaceports can refer to the ‘UK Government review of commercial space plane certification and operations’ for general guidance on their suitability for hosting sub-orbital spaceflights.

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

Get in touch

If you are interested in operating a spaceport in the UK, the Commercial Spaceflight team can help answer any questions you may have on the regulation being developed, the space industry and the support that is available.

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Published 7 February 2017