Virgin Orbit is poised for a historic UK launch after securing a spaceship licence

A UK spacecraft that will host the first Virgin Orbit launch from non-US soil has been given the go-ahead by the UK’s national regulator, paving the way for Europe’s first orbital landing.

Cornwall Spaceporta converted airfield in the south west of England, is now ready for the first orbital launch from the UK. The UK Civil Aviation Authority issued a spaceport license to the airport, at Newquay on Britain’s west coast, on Wednesday (Nov 16) after the airport proved it complied with “legislative requirements for safety, security, environmental and other aspects,” the UK Space Agency said in statement (opens in new tab).

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