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Four years until lift off! Future UK space hub to offer flights from 2018

If you’ve always dreamt of a trip that is truly out of this world, then what better way to achieve than with a flight that takes you beyond our stratosphere?

Plans to build the first commercial spaceport outside of America are set to be unveiled today (July 15th), with the European space hub set to open its doors in just four years time. Virgin Galactic and XCOR Space Expeditions are among those that are set to offer space flights from the hub, but those who are hoping to look down on earth from space will need to start saving now.

SpaceShip Two flights from Virgin Galactic expects are expected to take to the skies this year, and tourists will need to shell out a whopping figure of around £120,000 for a 150-minute flight, including six minutes of zero gravity. XCOR are set to offer flights for a lower, but equally wallet busting figure of £58,000. Andrew Nelson, president of XCOR said: “It would be great if we could fly from the UK.

"Britons are very adventurous – you guys have been the first to do many things.” Six out of the eight potential sites for the space hubs are in Scotland. Announcing the sites, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, said: “Spaceports will be key to us opening up the final frontier of commercial space travel.”

He went on to add: "The UK space industry is one of our great success stories and I am sure there will be a role for Scotland to play in the future.” The Government has announced its commitment to growing the UK space industry to £40bn by 2030, which includes plans for the spaceport in 2018.

Date Created: 15 July 2014

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