Lessons from Virgin Orbit suggest smallsat startups should avoid UK spaceports until regulations are streamlined

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Startup companies should think twice before putting their payloads on early launches of UK-based rockets — not because of the chance of failure, but because the UK regulatory regime needs time to streamline its processes before it’s ready for the demands of the commercial market.

That was one conclusion coming out of a March 1 UK Parliament hearing on lessons learned from the UK’s first space launch, the Jan. 9 launch by Virgin Orbit from Spaceport Cornwall.

The launch ended . . .

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