UK considers satellite launch ‘toxic’

By Fdric SCHMITT, The

Senior Welsh business executives Spaceforge After losing a satellite in a failed mission, he said a significant change was needed to make the UK more attractive to space travel. Start me up of Virgo orbit.

Significant Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) delays have left SpaceForge six months behind its rivals in the race to bring the satellite back to Earth. Earlier, the company was six months ahead of its competitors. This information was reported to the Science and Technology Committee.

According to Patrick McCall, SpaceForge’s non-executive director, the Civil Aviation Authority takes a different approach to risk, process and timing. Until there is a seismic shift in this approach, he believes the UK will not be competitive in terms of missiles. Because of this, he believes the money the UK is investing in manufacturing capabilities will not be put to good use. McCall suggested spending the money in other areas, such as hospitals.

Greg Clark, chairman of the board, said it was a Disaster It became an attempt to show what England could do Toxic to a publication funded by private investors . We had a first launch attempt, but as a result, you, as an investor in space, are saying that with the current regulatory conditions investors are unlikely to support another launch from the UK.

Virgin Orbit CEO Dan Hart told MPs he expected the CAA to take a very similar approach to that of the US Federal Aviation Authority, but found the UK regulator too conservative. Virgin Orbit ended its contract with Spaceport Cornwall at Newquay Airport but hopes to launch from the site in the future.

CAA chairman Sir Stephen Hillier said his priority was to ensure the safety of space operations in the UK, and licenses were granted before the technology was ready.

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