Spaceport UK

3 February 2016

Royal Aeronautical Society


A New Frontier for Growth & Enterprise

The Royal Aeronautical Society’s Space Group will hold a one day conference on spaceports which aims to broaden awareness of the opportunities and challenges associated with the establishment of a spaceport in the UK. This will be achieved by bringing together a variety of stakeholders, including the public sector, investors and potential future spaceport operators and users, as well as those having experience of on-going initiatives in the United States.

The conference aims to throw light on how the UK can generate economic value from a future spaceport and the critical issues to be resolved along the way, under the following themes :

Launch Capability: related to what types of vehicles are under consideration, with which launch capabilities, and targeting which user/customer groups.

Doing Business: addressing how to exploit the new opportunities in terms of business models and return on public & private sector investment, as well as addressing risk.

Regulation & Insurance: focusing on the respective roles of government, spaceport operators, and spaceport users/customers.

Realising a UK Spaceport: learning from the experiences of foreign spaceports, as well as discussing current plans for the development of the spaceport capabilities, certification of services, and eventual market entry.

The event is therefore aimed at all those interested in contributing to the discussion of this important challenge and opportunity for the UK. 

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The landscape of the UK space sector has been through an exciting evolution over the last few years, building on the strong growth since the turn of the century. In addition, an exciting vision backed by industry, academia and government, has been set out by the Space Innovation and Growth Strategy 2014-2030 and the Space Growth Action Plan to capture a 10% share of the global space economy by 2030, creating 100,000 new jobs. This would grow UK revenues from the £6.6bn achieved in 2007 to £40bn in 2030.

As part of a series of recommendations to enable the execution of this strategy, the construction of a UK Spaceport has been identified as a key enabler of economic growth. It is anticipated that sub-orbital flights out of a UK spaceport will stimulate significant commercial business in areas such as satellite launch, microgravity experiments and space tourism.

Significant work has already been undertaken by the public sector, with the publication of a commercial spaceplane certification and operations review in 2013, and a consultation with the community about the site selection criteria. As it currently stands there is a shortlist of 6 potential sites and the government is due to publish the technical specifications for the spaceport by the end of 2015, with final site selection during 2016.

Registration Rates

  • Non Member - £240 + VAT
  • RAeS Corporate Partner - £215 + VAT
  • RAeS Member - £185 + VAT
  • RAeS Baseline Member - £95 + VAT *
  • RAeS Student Affiliate Member - £45 + VAT *


*Please note that these rates are not available on our website. To register under these rates please call the Conference and Events Department on +44 (0)20 7670 4345.


You can either register online (see button on right hand side of page) or you can fill in the booking form here and return this to the Conference and Events Department on 


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Local Accommodation

Preferential hotel rates are available to RAeS Delegates at the nearby Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel (click here to find out more), or visit this event's dedicated HotelMap here.



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