With the UK Space conference taking place in Manchester last week (30 May – 1 June 2017) officials at Snowdonia Aerospace Centre have reignited calls for Llanbedr to become one of the UK’s first commercial spaceports.
Bids for £10m funding to enable Llanbedr Airfield to commence Spaceport operations and develop spaceflight capabilities were submitted to the UK Space Agency 28 April. The decision is now on hold until after the election.
Held every two years, the UK Space Conference is the largest forum for the UK and international space community and is a must attend event for organisations looking to expand into this growing sector.
John Idris Jones, Chair of the Snowdonia Enterprise Zone, will be attending the UK Space Conference. He said:
“Our coastal location, unrivalled segregated airspace – unique in the UK – and low level of aircraft movements make Snowdonia Aerospace Centre a very strong contender for a UK Spaceport.
“Our bid focuses on two separate ambitions: the launch of satellites and space tourism.
“Should this bid be successful – this could have a significant impact on the local economy, job creation and attracting more visitors to the area.
“Llanbedr is not a commercial airport and therefore offers greater security and unimpeded access to potential operators.
“The Centre is also a world-class centre for emerging technologies, including an integral element of the unique Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS) testing environment in West Wales, with global defence prime QinetiQ and Snowdonia Aerospace Centre working in partnership to integrate state of the art airspace management with ground infrastructure and support services. This Centre of Excellence for the testing and evaluation of unmanned systems is wholly complementary with Spaceplane operations, and as a mixed-use site offers low and sustainable operating costs.
“Boosted by its Enterprise Zone status from Welsh Government, Snowdonia Aerospace Centre is able to compete on a global stage by making the most of its unique characteristics – it’s ticking all the boxes and seems the perfect low cost location for spaceplane operations.”