Scotland Leads Race to Host UK's First Spaceport

By Gary Cutlack on at

Here's something to make it feel like the future -- the UK may have a spaceport within four years. A port, for getting the train to, then going into space. As long as you've got three hours to spare and £120,000 to pay for it.

The plan to have a UK spaceport up and running by 2018 is expected to be announced by the government's science minister this week, with six potential sites -- four of which are in rural Scotland, where it won't matter so much if spaceplanes crash back to earth -- on the shortlist. The existing transport base at Lossiemouth is said to be one of the places Virgin Galactic has already put forward as a possible spaceport location, with Bristol's Filton airfield another option. [Guardian]