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British aviation regulator to oversee space for ‘launches’

Bloomberg

Britain’s aviation regulator will now oversee space, gearing up for what’s expected to be a surge in missions as the cost of commercial launches tumbles.
The Civil Aviation Authority will take on the role immediately and accept applications from any company that wants to operate under a UK space license, it said. Potential customers include satellite firms and spaceflight companies using a number of spaceports that the government plans to establish in coming years.
Britain aims to play a major part in what’s been described as a coming industrial revolution in space as firms led by Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit slash the cost of sending hardware into orbit, and advances in robotics and artificial intelligence deliver technological leaps.

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