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UK planning spacecraft areas outside the United States by 2018

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The United Kingdom wants to have its own spacecraft initiatives, according to several reports, the government is planning potentially eight different locations for spacecraft in the UK, with completion dates around 2018.

All space-ports are currently based in the United States, who alongside China has the most active space program in the World, even if it has become less enthralling due to the lack of Moon missions.

Six of the locations suggested are in Scotland, including Campbeltown, Kinloss, Leuchars, Lossiemouth, Prestwick and Stornoway. There are two more spots in Newquay and Gwynedd, one in Wales and one in the England.

The Scottish referendum could deteriorate these plans, if Scotland votes to become independent from the UK. This could give the UK government two possible sites to try out, unless Scotland were open to sharing the space.

Britain has always been connected to the space world, the current space industry is valued at around $15 billion a year and the UK wants to capture at least 10 percent by 2030, boosting the sector to $68 billion and offering 100,000 jobs.

Space mining, tourism, colonisation, research and other jobs are possible in space, we expect these commercial missions to begin growing in 2016 and by 2020 we should see a strong market in the space industry.

Companies like Virgin Galactic, Space X and Orbital Sciences are all looking to get in on the space race, along with governments who want to fund their own initiatives. Space X CEO Elon Musk believes they could have people in space by 2020.

A working economy on space is another matter, development of small colonies might become real in the next decade, but we doubt there will actually be any civilisations, unless a way is found to remove the need for space helmets.

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