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LaunchUK, the UK's commercial spaceflight programme.

19 Apr 2021

Government’s vision is for the UK to be at the global forefront of small satellite launch and emerging space transportation markets, capable of facilitating a range of commercial spaceflight activities, including small satellite and suborbital launch from the early 2020s.


The Spaceflight Programme, LaunchUK, aims to establish commercial vertical and horizontal small satellite launch from UK spaceports. This will support the government’s aim of growing the UK’s global market share of the space sector to 10% by 2030.


Bringing launch to the UK will be a catalyst for growth in the wider space industry. Along with UK spaceports, industry and government are working together to develop launch vehicles and small satellite technology. These will be complemented by modern space services, such as cutting-edge test facilities. We are providing world-leading capability, bringing new markets to the UK and inspiring the next generation of British space scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs.

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