UK and US agree to cooperate on commercial spaceflight

The UK and the US have agreed to work together on upcoming commercial space flights, expanding opportunities to work with both countries’ spaceports, Reuters reported citing the British government.

Britain said an agreement signed by Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps and his US counterpart Pete Buttiedge in Washington this week would make space travel easier and cheaper.

The new document lays the groundwork for cooperation on rocket flights, high-altitude balloon flights and space planes “which will take off from UK spaceports very soon,” the British government said in a statement.

The two countries will also cooperate on licensing commercial space launches and prioritize critical defense security, among others, as well as improve TV, weather and transport services, the UK said.


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