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Wales' New Space Strategy Could Boost Economy by £2bn

21st February 2022
SpaceShip: Image of forward section (bow) of a seaborne launch vessel that will be based at Port Talbot in south Wales. SpaceShip: Image of forward section (bow) of a seaborne launch vessel that will be based at Port Talbot in south Wales. Credit: BlackSpaceArrow-twitter

In Wales there are plans to launch rockets at sea and build satellites that will act as mini-factories form part of a new strategy to boost the Principality's space industry.

The hope is the sector will bring in £2bn a year to the Welsh economy by 2030.

British astronaut Tim Peake said he was "delighted" by the proposals.

But one firm named in the Welsh government's strategy said other similar-sized countries were "doing an awful lot more, an awful lot quicker".

Space has been among the UK's fastest growing sectors in recent years, employing 42,000 people, of whom just 1% are based in Wales.

But ministers have claimed the country is well placed to become a "true haven for space industry innovation".

They said they wanted to put a particular focus on environmentally-friendly space enterprises.

Cardiff firm Space Forge is one example, as later this year it is set to launch an innovative reusable satellite into orbit.

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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