Scotland could host the UK's first dedicated1 base for spaceplanes, according to new government plans.
Virgin2 Galactic plans to launch satellites as well as people into space。 Artist's concept: Virgin Galactic plans to launch satellites as well as people into space
Ministers want to establish the UK spaceport by 2018 - the first of its kind outside of the US. Eight aerodromes(航空站) have been shortlisted and Scotland has six of the potential locations. The Scottish government said only independence would lead to a greater development of the country's space industry. For ministers and the space industry, the major interest in a UK spaceport is as a facility to enable satellite launches, but hopefully it would also benete a centre for the new tourism initiatives from specialist operators such as Virgin Galactic and XCor. Ahead of the announcement at this week's Farnborough Airshow, Chief Secretary to the Treasury3 Danny Alexander hinted that Scotland could benete a key player in the UK government's future plans for developing netmercial space travel. He said: "I am delighted that the government is pushing forward with its ambitious plans to open a spaceport in the UK by 2018. Spaceports will be key to us opening up the final frontier of netmercial space travel. "Scotland has a proud association with space exploration. We celebrated4 Neil Armstrong's Scottish ancestry5 when he became the first man on the Moon and only last week an amazing Scottish netpany was responsible for building the UK Space Agency's first satellite. "The UK space industry is one of our great success stories and I am sure there will be a role for Scotland to play in the future."
1 dedicated adj.一心一意的;献身的;热诚的 参考例句:
He dedicated his life to the cause of education.他献身于教育事业。
His whole energies are dedicated to improve the design.他的全部精力都放在改进这项设计上了。
2 virgin n.处女,未婚女子;adj.未经使用的;未经开发的 参考例句:
Have you ever been to a virgin forest?你去过原始森林吗?
There are vast expanses of virgin land in the remote regions.在边远地区有大片大片未开垦的土地。
3 treasury n.宝库;国库,金库;文库 参考例句:
The Treasury was opposed in principle to the proposals.财政部原则上反对这些提案。
This book is a treasury of useful information.这本书是有价值的信息宝库。
4 celebrated adj.有名的,声誉卓着的 参考例句:
He was soon one of the most celebrated young painters in England.不久他就成了英格兰最负盛名的年轻画家之一。
The celebrated violinist was mobbed by the audience.观众团团围住了这位着名的小提琴演奏家。
5 ancestry n.祖先,家世 参考例句:
Their ancestry settled the land in 1856.他们的祖辈1856年在这块土地上定居下来。
He is an American of French ancestry.他是法国血统的美国人。