The government of the United Kingdom is scheduled to release a new set of regulations that are going to allow companies to make commercial launches from spaceports located within the borders of the United Kingdom. There was a webinar held on 22 July by the U.K. Space Agency. During that webinar, a series of virtual events were held to take the place of the well-known Farnborough International Airshow. In these webinars, a number of representatives of the government of the United Kingdom explained that they are on their way to finishing about 900 full pages of regulations that are going to deal with a lot of subjects, including cover licensing and the oversight of various launch vehicles, together with a number of launch sites.
All of these regulations add to the Space Industry Act, which was officialized in 2018. The Space Industry Act of 2018 made sure to put in place an entire legal framework made for the commercial launch activity taking place within the United Kingdom. According to Paul Cremin, who is the commercial spaceflight and the regulation policy lead for the Department of Transport, an important department within the government of the United Kingdom, the new regulations are a very important piece of legislation and these are absolutely essential when it comes to what is needed to launch anything into space from the territory of the United Kingdom.
He added that all of these new regulations are going to cover essentially everything, ranging from possible operators for the spaceports, to the operators that are required for the actual launch to take place when it is supposed to. Another detail that the new 900-pages document is sure to cover is the licenses that are required to launch, taking into consideration factors such as the environment, some requirements for liability and for insurance, the security and some investigation procedures that can be undertaken in case of an accident.