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‘UK can still be biggest launchpad in Europe,’ says Freeman


Science minister says government remains committed to its space ambitions after failed satellite launch

The UK remains committed to becoming the biggest space launchpad in Europe, despite a failed satellite launch from Spaceport Cornwall and the collapse of Virgin Orbit, science minister George Freeman has said.

Virgin Orbit’s plan for the first orbital space launch on UK soil ultimately ended in failure in January as technical issues meant the satellites did not reach orbit. The satellite transport business has since filed for bankruptcy after failing to secure additional funding.

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