UK space minister: We’re not purchasing Virgin Orbit; collaborating with Europe on OneWeb should be possible

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The British government has no intention of taking ownership of “a UK sovereign launch capability” and specifically is not considering purchasing small-satellite launch service Virgin Orbit out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, UK space minister George Freeman said.

Short of that, Freeman said Britain remains committed to doing what’s needed to assure that Britain becomes the biggest orbital launch provider on the European mainland in 10 years, with several spaceports now being developed.

“But we are not… making a major UK investment in acquiring a . . .

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