Glasgow Prestwick Spaceport is set to become one of the UK and Europe’s first spaceports.
The development of a spaceport at Prestwick is being led by Glasgow Prestwick Airport, an operational airport on the west coast of Scotland.
The airport is in the process of developing a business plan for the spaceport and is building a network of potential partners, suppliers and customers.
The airport commissioned a technical feasibility study, using the United States FAA spaceport regulations as a guideline. The results of this indicated that Glasgow Prestwick Spaceport could be operational with as little as £1million of investment.
The airport benefits from a 2,986 meter concrete base runway, coastal take offs, favourable weather conditions, excellent transport connections, easy access to world class academics in the space sector and a knowledgeable and skilled workforce.
If Glasgow Prestwick Airport is successful in securing a spaceport operator’s license, this could lead to the creation of 2,000 additional jobs and generate a further £320 million for the UK economy. The airport also offers passenger, executive, military and cargo aviation services and it sits at the heart of a hub for aviation and aerospace companies.
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