Eight sites earmarked for Britain’s first spaceport

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A LIST of eight possible locations for the first British spaceport will be announced this week at the Farnborough air show.

Representatives from the UK Space Agency will join Government Ministers to reveal the potential locations for a dedicated spaceport which they hope will be ready by 2018.

They are understood to be six in Scotland, one in Wales and one in Newquay.

As part of plans the Government aims to capture 10 per cent of the world’s space market by 2030.

Official figures show that the UK sector has grown by just over seven per cent in the past two years, making the space industry worth £11bn and providing employment for 34,000 people.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said that the UK space sector was booming.