Space tourists could blast off from UK in 2018

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(CNN) — Britain will launch the world’s first spaceport outside the U.S., with first space tourists blasting off from the UK as early as 2018.

The details were revealed Tuesday at the Farnborough Air Show in Hampshire, England. The UK government outlined eight possible locations of the port — one in Wales, one in England and six in Scotland, despite the independence referendum which Scotland holds in September.

“Space is big business for the UK. It already contributes $19 billion to the economy each year, supporting nearly 35,000 jobs,” UK Business Secretary Vince Cable said.

Until now, the UK had limited its involvements in space programs, launching rockets from Australia rather than constructing its own facility.

spacetourism2The UK government has expressed the ambitious target of capturing 10 percent of the global space sector, quadrupling the value of the nation’s industry to $68 billion a year.

“We have worked out the…

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