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Kinloss spaceport plan endorsed by Moray councillors

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Image caption Virgin Galactic has in the past said it would consider launches from Moray

A bid to bring the UK's first spaceport to the former airbase at Kinloss has been endorsed by Moray councillors.

The UK government is considering potential sites and a consultation document has identified Kinloss as a possible location for the project.

The chair of the Moray Economic Partnership and the council's economic development committee, John Cowe, said it was a clear front runner.

The council said the economic benefits would be enormous.

Ministers want to establish the UK spaceport by 2018 - the first of its kind outside of the US.

Eight aerodromes have been shortlisted and Scotland has six of the potential locations.

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