Britain and the United States sign agreement to collaborate on commercial spaceflight

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Crew Dragon capsule, is launched with four astronauts during a NASA commercial crew mission at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., April 23, 2021. REUTERS/ Steve Nesius

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LONDON, May 13 (Reuters) – Britain and the United States have agreed to collaborate on future commercial spaceflight missions, increasing opportunities for companies from both countries to operate from spaceports around the world. one or the other, the British government announced on Friday.

Britain said the partnership, signed by Transport Minister Grant Shapps and his US counterpart Pete Buttigieg in Washington this week, would make spaceflight easier and cheaper.

The new statement “lays the foundation for rockets, high-altitude balloons and spaceplanes to take off from spaceports across the UK very soon,” the UK government said in a statement.

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The partnership will see the two countries collaborate on the licensing of commercial space launches and deliver benefits, including critical defense security and better weather forecasting, to enable more efficient television services and transportation, Great Britain said. -Brittany.

The United States was proud to launch a partnership to bring more benefits of commercial space travel to its workers, businesses and communities.

“Commercial space travel is growing rapidly, and it is our responsibility to ensure these innovations advance safely, encouraging them to develop in a way that benefits everyone,” Buttigieg said in a statement.

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Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; edited by John Stonestreet

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