Construction Begins for an Aviation Centre at the Cornwall Spaceport

15th Jul 2021
Cornwall Spaceport - Virgin Orbit

Construction has begun at the Cornwall Spaceport after Willmot Dixon became the primary contractor. Its location is at the edge of Newquay Airport and is a part of the wide space-technology infrastructure.

The area will comprise a site for satellite integration. This is where Virgin Orbit intends to launch rockets using redesigned aircraft.

The Cornwall Spaceport’s new aviation centre is a two million pound project. Once complete, staff members will have ample space to carry out research and development at the centre. On top of that, the centre will house an education facility and offices.

This aviation centre is part of a development project worth 5.8 million pounds. Here, satellite integration into rockets will take place. The Centre for Space Technologies (CST) will be in charge of this integration process.

If all goes according to set plans, the Spaceport Cornwall will see rocket launches commence in 2022. After the first launch, the goal is to conduct a minimum of 8 similar events annually.

Role of the Centre for Space Technologies at the Cornwall Spaceport

Once work is complete at the new aviation wing, the CST will start satellite integration into rockets. The CST is funded partly by the UK government’s European Regional Development Fund and the Getting Building Fund.

The project brings together top space industry companies in the UK, academic researchers, and satellite designers. All of them will engage in one location to innovate and advance satellite technologies.

The minister for Regional Growth and Local Government, Luke Hall, expressed his delight in the project. The UK Government’s funding will go a long way in ensuring the project is underway at the Cornwall Spaceport.

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