|Act of Parliament|
|Long title||A Bill to make provision about space activities and suborbital activities; and for connected purposes.|
|Citation||2018 c. 2|
|Introduced by||Chris Grayling ( )|
Lord Callanan ( )
|Royal assent||15 March 2018|
|Amends||Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003|
Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997
Transport Act 2000
|History of passage through Parliament|
|Text of statute as originally enacted|
|Revised text of statute as amended|
The Space Industry Act 2018 (c. 2) is an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom introduced by Chris Grayling as Secretary of State for Transport to extend and improve the regulatory framework for commercial spaceflight activities (involving both launch to orbit and sub-orbital spaceflight) to be carried out from spaceports in the United Kingdom and launches and other activities overseas by UK entities. It operates in conjunction with the Outer Space Act 1986.
The Act prohibits the carrying on of spaceflight and specified associated activities without a licence and breach of this prohibition will be an offence. The Secretary of State is the regulatory authority and has a duty to secure public safety in carrying out his or her functions under the Act. There are powers to enable the Civil Aviation Authority or other persons to carry out functions on behalf of the Secretary of State. Applicants for licences will also be required to meet any requirements set out in secondary legislation made under this Act.
It creates offences including: