Powers planned by the Government aiming to pave the way for commercial space flights in Britain will be included in the Queen’s Speech alongside a raft of investments in transport infrastructure.
The legislation, according to Department for Transport (DfT), will allow the launch of satellites from the UK for the first time, horizontal flights to the edge of space for scientific experiments and the establishment of spaceports in regions across Britain.
The Queen’s Speech, which has been delayed by two days due to the current instability in British politics, will also include measures to improve conditions for the 100,000 drivers of plug-in vehicles by “removing barriers that are preventing more drivers switching to electric”.
“As things stand, those wanting to use publicly-accessible charging points may need to register with several different companies that run them,” the Department for Transport added. “The planned legislation will include measures to ensure drivers need register only once to make full use of the existing infrastructure.”
According to the DfT a series of Bills will insure Britain “gets the infrastructure it needs to thrive through Brexit and beyond”.
But one Bill will concentrate specifically on the future of spaceflight technology in Britain. The DfT believes the new powers – to be outlined on Wednesday – will allow UK companies access to a wide range of new spaceflight, including vertically launched rockets, spaceplanes, satellite operation and spaceports.
The most incredible space images of Earth
The most incredible space images of Earth
1/30 Striking Africa
Explore ESA astronaut Tim Peake's stunning photos of Earth, taken from the International Space Station during his six month mission (captions by Tom Peake)
"The striking colour and texture of Africa Illizi, Algeria"
2/30 Favourite Reef
"Every day spent living in space is a great day, but today was particularly special. I got to speak with one of my inspirational heroes Prof Stephen Hawking and his amazing daughter Lucy, who developed the Principia Space Diary to engage children with STEM subjects. As well as talking about dark matter, quantum entanglement, alien life and light beam powered nanocraft we also got to see an amazing pass over the Bahamas and this - my favourite reef smile emoticon"
3/30 Russia's north-east coast
"Sunrise approaching Russia's frozen north-east coast"
4/30 Hello London
"Hello London! Fancy a run? :) #LondonMarathon"
"50 shades of blue: Bahamas"
"Snow on the mountains next to Yinchuan in China"
7/30 Rocket flames in Africa
"Is it just me or do I see some rocket flames down there? These strange land features are in the Erg Iguidi desert, with its yellow stripes of sand stretching from Algeria to northern Mauritania in the Sahara"
8/30 Stunning colours
"Sunlight reflecting the stunning colours of this Himalayan lake"
9/30 The real Everest
"The real thing: found Everest! Last picture turned out to be third-tallest mountain Kanchengjunga"
10/30 Go Exomars
"Go #Exomars – have a great mission. Earth has more in common with Mars than you might think… #AfricaArt"
"Amazingly clear view of Tenerife"
12/30 Midday winter sun
"Some midday winter sun glinting off Greenland’s snow-capped peaks"
13/30 Sand dunes
"Great texture in these huge sand dunes, Saudi Arabia"
14/30 Dragon Dam
"The dam makes this river look like a dragon’s tail. Oahe Dam north of Pierre, South Dakota in the United States. (North is to the right)"
15/30 Smoking volcano
"Spotted volcano smoking away on Russia’s far east coast this morning – heat has melted snow around top"
16/30 New Zealand
"New Zealand looking stunning in the sunshine. Mt Cook centre left with the Grand Plateau to the front and Mt Tasman (3,497m) to the right of the Grand Plateau. Fox Glacier in the middle then Franz Josef curving right. Tasman Lake (largest at front) is at the foot of the Tasman glacier which runs along the front of them. The Hooker Glacier flows out behind Mt Cook coming down to meet the Mueller Glacier on the left of the photo. The Murchison Glacier is at the front of the photo running parallel with the Tasman Glacier"
17/30 Plankton bloom
"Another great pass over Patagonia and a swirling plankton bloom off the coast"
"We don’t often get such clear views of Alaska"
19/30 Lights along the Nile
"Lights along the Nile stretching into the distance from Cairo"
"The Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’ clear to see amongst the volcanoes of Kamchatka, Russia"
"I’m guessing there was an impressive storm going on under that cumulonimbus cloud"
22/30 Night Sahara
"Night-time Sahara – you can really see how thin the Earth’s atmosphere is in this picture"
"Tokyo and Japanese coast. This image shows most of Japan with the largest mass of light corresponding to Tokyo. The white lights on the left are fishing boats"
24/30 Morning sun volcanoes
"Morning sun striking active volcanoes in Guatemala"
25/30 Tapajos River
"The vast waters of the Tapajos river, Amazonia"
"Beautiful glacial river water flowing from this Patagonian ice field Lake Viedma, West is up"
27/30 Dubai Palms
"Minus the #Dragon photobomb this time..."
28/30 Sediment in Ethiopia
"Sediment spilling into this mountain lake, Ethiopia"
"We have phases of ‘short nights’ on the International Space Station – sunlight is nearly always visible right now. No prizes for guessing where this is…"
30/30 Panama Canal
"From one mighty ocean to another – ships passing through the Panama canal"
Announcing the plans, Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary, said the Government is “absolutely determined to give Britain the transport infrastructure it needs so that we can thrive and grow as we leave the European Union”.
He added: “The measures we outline this week will ensure our legal structures are ready for the high skill, highly paid jobs of the future, while backing the transport projects that will make journeys better for ordinary working people.
“It’s only by backing infrastructure through our Modern Industrial Strategy that we can spread prosperity and opportunity around the country.”
The Government will also set out its plans for the next stage of HS2 – the new north-south railway system – and provide new legal powers to build “the next leg of the route that will link the Midlands and the North West.”
The DfT added: “HS2 will create vital capacity on the railways, freeing up commuter services on the existing network with the creation of the line, playing a role in rebalancing the economy as improved connections between our cities generate jobs, skills and economic growth and help us build an economy that works for all.
“It will also help create prosperity around the country, creating tens of thousands of jobs all over the UK during its construction phase, as firms across Britain compete for contracts up and down the supply chain.”Reuse content