Newquay & St Columb local news

End of the Stratolaunch dream eases pressure on Virgin Orbit – still hoping for its first powered flight on 1st November

By Graham Smith One of the world’s most talked-about horizontal-launch spaceflight companies has been taken over by a mystery buyer, months after ceasing operations and laying off most of...

That’s the way to do it! US “Pegasus” system amazes the world with horizontal-launch of NASA satellite, as time runs out for Richard Branson and Newquay

By Graham Smith An American defence company last night successfully put a NASA satellite into orbit, having taken off – horizontally - from Cape Canaveral, Florida.  The success of...

Newquay spaceport fans look to tonight’s skies over Florida

By Graham Smith Some of the technical challenges facing any horizontal-launch satellite system will come under scrutiny within the next 24 hours – with important lessons for anyone hoping...

Is a US defence company about to teach Richard Branson a lesson about horizontal-launch spaceflight?

By Graham Smith A $252 million satellite is due to be blasted into orbit this week, from underneath the wing of a giant Lockheed Stargazer aircraft, taking off from...

EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall’s nature lovers will be able to think again about the spaceport

By Graham Smith Conservationists and environmentalists will get a second chance to consider their position on the proposed Newquay spaceport next week when the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly...

Branson promises a “nominal launch soon” as he tries to reach for the skies – but the clock is ticking

By Julia Penhaligon Richard Branson has promised a “nominal launch in the very near future” of his LauncherOne rocket, as he bids to reach space for the first time....

I’m backing Boris Johnson and I want a general election now, says St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double

By Anne North St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double has become the first of Cornwall’s MPs to comment publicly on the Supreme Court ruling that the shutdown of...

Government gives cash to rival UK spaceports, as it becomes clear that Branson’s first commercial satellite launch is not now due until after Cornwall Council votes on £12million contribution

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The government has announced more cash for a Newquay spaceport – but has awarded even larger sums to rival operations in Scotland and Wales. The news...

Only one man can now stop Cornwall’s £12 million gamble on a Newquay spaceport – and it’s Richard Branson

By Graham Smith Supporters of plans to build a spaceport at Newquay say they are confident that Cornwall Council will contribute £12 million when the project comes before a...

Cornwall Council’s cabinet votes 6-4 to back the Newquay spaceport – but first, Richard Branson has got to get into orbit

By Graham Smith Richard Branson will get into space before Cornwall Council is asked to confirm its £12 million contribution to a Newquay spaceport, the cabinet member responsible for...

Spaceport development would make Newquay airport suitable for long-haul flights – cabinet member

By Anne North Cornwall Council’s plans for a £12 million upgrade of Newquay airport to a spaceport could see wide-bodied aircraft making regular long-haul flights, County Hall heard this...

Why build a spaceport which no-one will use? ask councillors, as Richard Branson again delays his first test flight

Northrop's Pegasus system is nearly 30 years ahead of the Virgin Orbit horizontal-launch system - but Northrop does not need a spaceport at Newquay

Cornwall’s spaceport project faces its first political hurdle today

By Graham Smith Plans to build a spaceport in Cornwall could come grinding to a halt today (Wednesday) when Cornwall Council’s cabinet meets to consider contributing £12 million towards...

“We will fight them on the beaches” – town and parish councils go to war over once-in-a-generation boundary disputes

By Graham Smith Local councils across Cornwall are preparing to do battle over which of them should survive the current Community Governance Review, with some vowing to “fight them...

Newquay Spaceport now promises 150 jobs by 2025 – last year, it promised 1,000 jobs by 2025

By Graham Smith A full-scale arm-twisting and public relations operation is underway at County Hall to persuade the ten Cornwall Council cabinet members that they must vote in favour...

County Hall: We need to gamble £12 million on Richard Branson’s spaceport right now, or “miss the opportunity”

By Graham Smith The stage is set for Cornwall Council’s ruling cabinet to debate, for the first time, its policy towards a proposed Newquay spaceport when its 10 members...

Taxpayers continue to pour cash into the Newquay Aerohub Enterprise Zone

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The annual taxpayer subsidy to private businesses based at the Newquay Aerohub is more than £180,000, according to official papers. The Aerohub, which was built by...

Pro-democracy protesters demonstrate outside office of St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double

By Anne North About 150 protesters brought noise and colour to the streets of St Austell this morning as they staged a pro-democracy demonstration outside the office of local...

Bid to turn Newquay Airport into “tax free haven” after Brexit

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council could take its first steps towards turning Newquay airport into a “free” port if members vote in favour of the idea at a meeting...

St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double appointed to junior ministerial job at Department of Health

By Julia Penhaligon St Austell & Newquay MP Steve Double has been appointed to his first junior ministerial position.  He has become a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Department...