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Virgin Space - UK Airport hub news

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/lift-off-u...8.html#183kUop

Britain could be home to one of the first UK spaceports outside of America by 2018, with a shortlist of possible sites to be announced this week.

The base could act as a hub for commercial space flights, such as those planned by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, which will blast would-be astronauts into sub-orbit from the United States for $250,000 (146,000).

The launch pad would rival the futuristic Spaceport America and would open up a route between Britain and space - even before completion of the London-Birmingham high speed rail link or expansion of Heathrow airport.

Of the eight possible locations to be revealed at the Farnborough Air Show on Tuesday, six are inScotland." End quote.

- - Durham Tees Valley Airport was rumoured to have been considered, but there may be a house being built by Peel on the runway
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Suggestion is one is NQY.


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Heard a silly rumour today that Filton could be on the cards. Would love that over the proposed housing development that is currently being built near there.
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Handily placed for a spot of shopping at Cribbs, though.
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Bruce Dickinson's place in Wales may be a contender.
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How about Manston?
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Or Bruntingthorpe (3000m).
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Funny I mentioned this on the Manston threaf the other day.
I imagine Campbelltown would be on the list as I think its runway is quite long.
What about Elvington ?
Nice and long but then traffic in York is dreadful and residents kicked up whennthey eanted to turn it into an airport.
I suppose theres Stornoway.
Already just shy of 8000 feet long. Loads of disussed runway areas. They could expand into the north of the airfield .
Its pretty flat and not much traffic.
And Calmac would love the extra trade on their shiney new ferry
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When someone said on the Belfast thread there was a restructure of Virgin regional operations coming up, I didn't think they meant Leuchars, Lossie, Newquay, Durham TV or Campbeltown were in prospect.
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BBC News - Scotland could be base for spaceport, says UK government

Beeb article including a map of potential places.
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Boris Island.

That way, if it fails on take off, it'll drop in the Thames or on France.
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Along with the Virgin Galactica PR stunt!-))
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And if it went to NQY it would probably lead to domestic and international airline route development tbh !




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Galactic 'Tiddy Oggies' all round!
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Remember all the fuss about Concorde?

Well I'm not sure a Saturn 5 is capable of flying a noise abatement profile!-))
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? They are not launched by rocket

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I guess many of the above would be fine as a base for a Virgin style sub-orbital jolly but the laws of physics means none of them makes much sense as a future "spaceport" ( as being a suitable launch site for orbital operations).

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Do they meet current airport noise regulations?
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have a look at this website and it should answer all your questions
Welcome | Virgin Galactic
it`s not as if they are going to launch a space shuttle

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