To infinity and beyond: Call for changes to legislation paving way for UK space launches : Express

A BOLD plan to build commercial space ports in Britain is at risk of being grounded by poor legislation, MPs have warned.

British kids watching space launch

Members of the Science and Technology Select Committee said changes were needed to the draft Spaceflight Bill paving the way for space launches from the UK by 2020.

The cross-party MPs said provisions in the Bill covering liabilities, indemnities and insurance threatened to sabotage the programme.

Committee chairman Stephen Metcalfe said the creation of UK-based spaceports was “a bold ambition that is matched by a real commitment from industry to turn it into a reality”.

But he added: “When a finalised Bill is introduced, it will need to have been revised to avoid the risk of that ambition being undermined by some of the current provisions in the draft Bill, especially those relating to operator liabilities.

“These leave open the possibility of an operator needing to indemnify the Government fully; an approach the Government had moved away from only two years ago.

“We have identified these and other areas where the next Government needs to look again, before a final Bill is introduced, to ensure that it is enabling the UK to realise its spaceflight potential.”



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