UK Space Agency chair acknowledges “a close race” with Norway, Sweden for small-launch market share

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The chairman of the UK Space Agency said the development of orbital spaceports in northern Europe has become a competition for first-mover advantage and market share and that “it’s a close race.”

David Willetts, who is also a former UK minister responsible for space, said Britain has a current advantage in that it has a spaceport regulatory regime and, with the January 2023 launch of Virgin Orbit from Spaceport Cornwall, has tested it out.

The mission, with the Virgin Orbit

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