Glasgow Prestwick Airport has signed an agreement with Houston Spaceport as it continues its bid to become the UK’s first launch site. The South Ayrshire airport is developing plans for a spaceport that could see the first satellites and rockets launched from the UK. The length of the runways and coastal take-off routes are said to be in Prestwick’s favour. A feasibility study indicated it could be operational with £1m of investment.
Leaders of Glasgow Prestwick Airport Spaceport met with a delegation from Houston Spaceport and the Rice Space Institute on Tuesday to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will allow both parties to share best practice for commercial space launch activities, operation, safety and environmental standards.