Set for first launch in Spring 2022, Cornwall Airport Newquay will be home to the UK’s first horizontal satellite launch spaceport. The Spaceport Cornwall project has brought together a consortium of Cornwall Council, Goonhilly Earth Station and Virgin Orbit to deliver the operational environment to create a safe, and responsible, launch facility for small satellites to reach Lower Earth Orbit.

The Spaceport will be the first of its kind in Western Europe and the first to be fully integrated with an operational civilian airport. The site was recently awarded a grant from the Getting Building Fund, which will be used to build a brand-new building to house a satellite payload integration facility for the space industry.

Spaceport Cornwall is fast-becoming a catalyst for the space, and aerospace, sector in the South West.

Supply Chain Opportunities

In the lead up to the first UK space launch for over half a century Spaceport Cornwall, alongside partners Virgin Orbit, Cornwall Council and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP, have commenced their search for companies to support their satellite launch operations. They are actively seeking companies within the local supply chain to build Virgin's Orbit UK Transportable Ground Operations System (TGOS) which will deliver fuel and propellant to the LauncherOne launch system.

Inspiring the Next Generation

Spaceport Cornwall is dedicated to creating positive change in the South West by creating 150 new jobs, supporting economic growth, raising the profile of the region on a global stage, and working to become the most sustainable launch location in the world. The pinnacle of all of this is community engagement. The Spaceport team are actively engaging with local people, schools and businesses including: the Eden Project, University of Exeter, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and the Cornwall Manufacturers Group, as well as establishing the Cornwall Space Group.

A full education outreach programme is currently being developed, which will provide the opportunity for all schools across the region to get involved. One of Spaceport Cornwall’s key priorities is inspiring the next generation to get into STEM by positioning the South West at the heart of the next chapter of the UK space industry.

Get in touch for information about the programme's goals and requirements, as well as how suppliers and businesses can get involved in the growing space industry in the South West.

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