David Willetts
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Move to open sky for spaceplanes

The UK government says it is working to put in place the regulations that would license the operation of spaceplanes.

Current arrangements prohibit these vehicles from using European airspace according to ministers, and they want the certification system updated.

The move is aimed at smoothing the path to market of novel launch systems such as the Skylon concept being developed by Reaction Engines Limited (REL).

Science Minister David Willetts told our correspondent Jonathan Amos what he thought of the Skylon project.

  • 11 Jul 2012
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