Cornwall and Virgin Orbit are committing to a partnership seeking to deliver a horizontal launch Spaceport at Cornwall Airport Newquay, UK by 2021, creating a satellite technology cluster of national importance.
Cornwall Airport Newquay will provide a low-cost, safe and capable launch environment to space system operators, being the first place in the world that will integrate normal airline traffic with space launches. Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit have partnered with Spaceport Cornwall to operate their CosmicGirl system, which uses a Boeing 747 to launch a rocket into Lower Earth Orbit. This rocket, LauncherOne, will house satellites that will be developed companies with innovative technologies that will benefit everyone, and the environment. By lowering the cost of launching satellites, smaller, disruptive, space companies will be able to afford to launch their products and we all could reap the benefits.