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UK call for spaceport proposals attracts 26 bids

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The UK government is due to reveal the winners of a funding call for a national spaceport that attracted 26 bids, including one from Cornwall in the south-west of England.

The UK Space Agency said on 21 August that it had received 26 bids in response to its £10-million call, opened in February, to develop competitive, commercial and safe spaceflight proposals for UK-based satellite launch services and suborbital flights.

The UKSA said that the successful bids would be announced this week, having been reviewed by a panel of academics and representatives from industry and the government to assess their technical feasibility, commercial sustainability and wider benefits to the UK.

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