Wednesday, 11 November 2009

And yet more from sci-fi corner : from The BBC

"Law change call for space flight" (and the law about employing loonies)
A change in the law is needed before Scotland can be considered as a launch site for commercial space flights, the head of Virgin Galactic has said.
The firm's president Will Whitehorn said locations in Scotland and Sweden were being considered as bases for Virgin's European operations.
But he said UK laws would have to be amended to allow flights to take place....

Lossiemouth in Moray has put itself forward as a possible spaceport, and the Virgin boss has said it has great potential.
But he said: "Britain has no legislation to allow us to fly here - there is no regulatory authority.
"The Outer Space Act, which Britain created in 1986, didn't really envisage a system like this.
"It didn't envisage there would ever be space launches in the UK so there's no regulator, no insurance, no reliability or structure.

"But the British National Space Centre, which is a government quango, and Lord Drayson, the minister responsible for space, and the CAA are all looking closely at this issue."

It is thought that the government is actively looking at further legislation that also might impact on Virgin's operations: a new law likely to ban complete space cadets from running public companies.

Inside: I love that "Virgin Galactic" brand. So much  more catchy than "Virgin Die in a Fireball on Attempted Take-Off".

Artist's impression of rocket, not showing passenger immolation.

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