Britain will die if it doesn't get a Space Port
Britain is going to suffer massively if it doesn't get itself a space port according to business leaders. Sadly, this isn't a magic drink from the moon, but rather, a futuristic airport which will enable us to go on holiday to places like The Moon and Betelgeuse.
Apparently, going to Lanzarote isn't good enough for you people any more.
The idea behind Britain's imminent spaceless doom is based on the notion that we'll lose out on loads of jobs being created because all the other countries (shrug) who are taking space tourism seriously will steal all the work, according to the Institute of Directors.
Of course, since NASA decided to stop sending shuttles into space, there'll be a mad scrap to set up companies that will offer services to take people to space, whether it be for scientific reasons or the leisure of terrifyingly wealthy people. Space tourists are willing to cough-up £125,000+ to spend some weightless time in the deep black above, so if it takes off, there'll be a lot of money floating around. It's easy to scoff at these ideas, but you have to remember that there are professional sportsmen and they're stupid enough to throw their money at anything.
And these business leaders reckon that Britain's £8bn space sector means it's in a good position to make a tidy profit, especially given that the only commercial space port currently resides in the Mojave desert. And so, if Britain doesn't act smartly, someone else in Europe is likely to move into a market that's worth an estimated £16 billion.
Dan Lewis, author of the report by the Institute of Directors, said: "We are just on the verge of space [tourism] moving from what people might think of as 'Star Trek' fantasy to the start of something more realistic. There is a new breed of very well financed entrepreneurs who are looking to make this happen. [But] this is a globally competitive environment and the potential investors and suppliers could move anywhere – in that respect it is no different to any other business."
And here at Bitterwallet, we welcome our new insect overlords, in preparation.