Kintyre is in the running to be home to the UK and Europe's first spaceport, and that is fantastic news, said Alan Reid MP for Argyll and Bute. The shortlist of five locations was announced today (Tuesday) after a consultation launched in July last year to support the Government's ambition for sub-orbital spaceplane operations from the UK by 2018.
Campbeltown is now competing against Prestwick, Stornoway, Newquay and Llanbedr. The former airbase, now in community ownership, is perfect for the job, Alan Reid believes.
"Campbeltown on the Kintyre Peninsula is the obvious choice," said Mr Reid. "It has the length of runway, the infrastructure, is coastal and has a low level of aircraft movements - something that was identified as being important in the report.
"Working alongside MACC (Machrihanish Airbase Community Company), Argyll and Bute Council and Highlands & Islands Enterprise I have supported the excellent case that each has put forward to bring this incredible asset to Campbeltown and they should be congratulated.
"Later this year the Government will publish the next stage - a detailed specification of what is required for a spaceport - and interested parties like MACC will be invited to submit their proposals. I will continue to give my full support to their efforts to bring the UK’s first spaceport to Kintyre.”
NOTE: The spaceport would be used for the launch of satellites as well as commercial 'space tourism'.
The Government’s response has been uploaded on the Gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/spaceport-locations-and-criteria
Link to the government press notice: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/industry-backs-governments-spaceport-plans