Could Cornwall become the location for Europe's first spaceport?

Could a former RAF airfield in the UK’s West Country become the first spaceport in Europe to fly air-launched rocket missions? Nick Spall tracks the horizontal flight plan from airport runway to low Earth orbit and speaks with Melissa Thorpe of Spaceport Cornwall

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Virgin Orbit's ‘Cosmic Girl’ takes off from Spaceport Cornwall in a visualisation of the 747-400's flight across the North Atlantic to the launcher release point 
Spaceport Cornwall

For the post-war generation bought up on stories of derring-do from UK test pilots like Neville Duke, Mike Lithgow and Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown it seemed inevitable that there would one day be a spaceport somewhere in the UK. Those pilots were pushing the limits of the early jets and at that time everything seemed possible for the British aerospace industry.

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