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THE STAR en­gi­neers fronting the UK’s race to space will hear Camp­bel­town’s claim for the fi­nal fron­tier at a Lon­don con­fer­ence next month.

Jeff Cole, the man at mis­sion con­trol for Dis­cover Space UK, the space­port arm of Machrihanish Air­base Com­mu­nity Com­pany (MACC), has been in­vited to present at The Royal Aero­nau­ti­cal So­ci­ety’s (RAeS) Space Group’s con­fer­ence, ‘Space­port UK – A New Fron­tier for Growth and En­ter­prise’, on Fe­bru­ary 3. It will be at­tended by com­pa­nies such as Vir­gin Galac­tic, Deimos Space UK and the West­min­ster govern­ment. The UK govern­ment hopes to have a space­port op­er­a­tional by 2019.

Mr Cole said: ‘The con­fer­ence is a great chance for the main con­tenders to ex­plain what a space­port is all about and why it is so vi­tal. I will ex­plain why Camp­bel­town is the best site, in­clud­ing the long run­way, al­ready twice ap­proved for space flight, and re­in­force the idea that a space­port is about jobs, high-tech en­gi­neer­ing and so­cial ben­e­fit.’

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