US And UK Updates: The British government said on Friday that Britain and the United States have agreed to work on future commercial spaceflight missions, enhancing potential for companies from both countries to operate from spaceports in the other. Britain said the agreement, which was formed this week in Washington by transport minister Grant Shapps and his US counterpart Pete Buttigieg, will make spaceflight easier and less expensive.
According to the British government, the new declaration “lays the framework for rockets, high-altitude balloons, and spaceplanes to lift off from spaceports across the UK very soon.” “The move will reduce red tape and regulatory load on operators, resulting in improved economies and cost, resource, and duplication reductions while maintaining strict safety requirements,” it said.
MINISTER SHAPPS ANNOUNCED THE AGREEMENT WITH HIS US COLLEAGUE ON TWITTER, CALLING IT A “HISTORIC ALLIANCE.”
“As we prepare for the first Lift-off from UK soil this summer, our space sector is strengthening our economy with high-skilled jobs,” he continued. The two countries will collaborate on commercial space launch licences, as well as deliver benefits such as crucial defence security and better weather forecasts, as well as enabling television services and more efficient transportation, according to Britain.
The US was pleased to announce a cooperation with SpaceX to bring more of the benefits of commercial space flight to its employees, businesses, and communities. “Commercial space flight is rapidly expanding, and it is our obligation to guarantee that these innovations evolve safely and in ways that benefit us all,” Buttigieg said in a statement. The arrangement, according to the UK’s Department for Transport, will lessen London’s dependency on other countries to launch British-made and operated satellites.
As it approaches its first-ever launch from home soil at SpacePort Cornwall later this year, London has been working to strengthen its space sector, which employs 47,000 people. “As we prepare for an exciting new era of spaceflight to launch off, this transformational relationship represents one great leap for both countries,” Shapps said. “As we move beyond the UK’s first planned spaceflight later this year, I’m excited to see how this collaboration will accelerate innovation and opportunity.”
HIGHLIGHTSUS And UK
• On Twitter, Minister Shapps announced the agreement.
• The United States was pleased to begin a collaboration.
• The UK claims that the agreement will make space travel easier.