Announcement on Snowdonia Aerospace Centre in Llanbedr welcomed

Date: 24/09/2019

Gwynedd Council has welcomed the announcement at today’s (24/9/19) session of the UK Space Conference in Newport that Snowdonia Aerospace Centre, Llanbedr is to receive support from UK Space Agency’s Horizontal Spaceport Development Fund.

The funding will enable a group of space services companies, working as a consortium, to research their multi-million pound spaceport vision for the site and build a supporting business case. The proposed facilities would include world class training facilities for astronauts and the aero-medical sector, satellite development and launch, and a visitor centre and planetarium together with supporting hotel.

It was also announced at the conference that the site would receive funding towards a specific project to investigate using satellite-enabled drones to deliver healthcare in rural communities. The project, in association with the Welsh Ambulance Service, will look at the emergency delivery of defibrillators using drones.

Lee Paul, CEO of Snowdonia Aerospace, who runs the site said:

“We have been working hard for many years to develop the site as a centre of excellence for emerging future flight technologies including space related activities, and today’s announcements support our vision both for short and longer term operations.”

These projects will build existing investment which has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, to improve the quality of business accommodation on-site, along with improving access to the facility.

Councillor Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development said:

“Snowdonia Aerospace Centre has the potential to create significant numbers of high value jobs for the people of Meirionnydd, and we have therefore worked closely with all partners to support its development.

“With the support of EU Funds, works are already underway to improve existing facilities to accommodate new tenants and create new jobs. This funding could build on that success in the longer-term to create a truly world-class facility.”

PHOTOGRAPH: Snowdonia Aerospace Centre, Llanbedr