EXCLUSIVE: “I’m in” says Branson, as Virgin puts cash on the table for Newquay Spaceport

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21st November 2018 By Graham Smith The attempt to win more central and local government support for the development of a spaceport at Newquay is about to take a significant…


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    • Yes, I am completely in favour of anything that advances the present and future well-being of Cornwall. I have read your link, thank you. Here is another one in the Washington Post which is particularly interesting in the quest for space travel and specifically relevant to the Virgin adventure. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2018/11/19/feature/virgin-galactic-space-tourism/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.e5f11913fd74
      My concerns are voiced in your second paragraph and I am nervous of the eagerness of Cornwall Council to spend our money on this and other speculative adventures. Your sentiment “providing the Council doesn’t over commit” is shared by me. Goonhilly, being privately invested and revitalised by Peter Hargreaves to the tune of £24,000,000 is an example of what Cornwall requires.

      • Yes..it is bizarre …I’m not sure why our. council is so keen on the space hangar while the real job possibilities from renewable energy seem not to have the same support. For a party supposedly pro business , I never cease to be amazed at the level of economic illiteracy amongst the Tories.

  1. Specifically, how much cash (none so far apparently) is Richard Branson going to inject into this proposed £10,000,000 project in Cornwall and how much additional cash will be required from tax-payers to bring it to fruition? If this project fails, according to Geoff Brown “… and that if for some reason the Richard Branson project didn’t happen, we would still have that asset and could use it for something else.” What, precisely?

  2. This is encouraging. If this does ultimately come off, the combination of this Spaceport and a revitalised Goonhilly will put Cornwall firmly on the space/satellite map.

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