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The Snowdonia Aerospace Centre in Llanbedr could well become one of the first commercial spaceports in the UK, with private sector providers now registering interest in the site in a bid to enable low-cost access to space from the UK by the year 2020.

Plans for enhanced site access are due to be submitted to the Snowdonia National Park Authority by Gwynedd Council. If given the go-ahead, access to the Llanbedr site would be improved, which would help to serve as a catalyst for further investment and development.

Lee Paul, Snowdonia Aerospace Centre chief executive, explained that the last year-and-a-half has been about building a world-class facility and ensuring that the right operating environment is created.

Representatives from the Centre, Welsh government and Aerospace Wales recently attended a UK space age event at the Royal Aeronautical Society. Mr Paul said: “We observed real interest in what’s happening at Llanbedr, leading to a number of very encouraging discussions with end users, international spaceport operators and satellite launch companies as well as regulators, UK government and [the UK Space Agency].”

At the start of February, the government launched a £10 million scheme to help develop the commercial spaceflight market in the UK, with draft legislation to enable UK spaceflight by 2020 published. The UK market is worth an estimated £25 billion over the next 20 years, with Jo Johnson – universities and science minister – saying that spaceflight offers the UK the chance to build on its strengths in research, science and innovation, and it provides the opportunity to expand into new markets.

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