Private companies will be able to launch their own rockets into space from UK spaceports under new laws unveiled today (Mon).
The powers will allow the launch of satellites, vertical rockets and horizontal flights from the UK for the first time.
Currently satellites can only be launched into orbit from space stations in countries such as the US and India.
But under a new SpaceFlight bill, space ports will be established in regions across the UK.
They will be operational as soon as 2020 and will allow Britain to surge ahead of other countries in the global space race.
Announcing the bill, ministers said the UK space sector is the ‘future of the British economy’ and the Government wants the UK to ‘remain at the forefront of a new commercial space age for the next forty years’.
New powers will mean British scientists will be able to conduct vital experiments in zero gravity which could help develop vaccines and medicines.