Spaceplanes and sub-orbital flights in the UK

Advice for sub-orbital flight providers interested in operating in the UK.


The Government is enabling a new commercial market for sub-orbital flights. This will allow licensed providers to operate sub-orbital flights for the purposes of passenger experience and scientific research.

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


You will have to be licenced to operate sub-orbital flights 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 sub-orbital flights in the UK.

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

Get in touch

If you are interested in operating sub-orbital flights 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