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Britain’s ambitious space tourism plans are one step closer, after a three month consultation has shown widespread support for a UK spaceport.

The government has also given its support for the plans, which paves the way for commercial spaceflight operations and will make Britain a leader in what is expected to be a boom sector in the future.

The Civil Aviation Authority’s shortlist has been whittled down to five sites: Campbeltown, Glasgow Prestwick and Stornoway in Scotland; Newquay in Cornwall and Llanbedr in Wales. RAF Leuchars was confirmed as a potential temporary facility.

“I want Britain to lead the way in commercial spaceflight," said Aviation minister, Robert Goodwill. "Establishing a spaceport will ensure we are at the forefront of this exciting new technology. Today’s consultation response marks another step forward in our work to support this emerging industry, which will create jobs and drive economic growth.”

Last year the government launched its space innovation and growth strategy 2014 to 2030, which set out the economic advantages of the UK becoming a European focal point for the pioneers of commercial spaceflights and scientific research.

“Paving the way for a national spaceport is one of the biggest science achievements in this parliament,” added business secretary, Vince Cable. “It greatly underscores the work or our space innovation and growth strategy to position the UK as a world-leader in this exciting arena that is expected to be worth up to £400bn a year to the global economy by 2030.”

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