St Austell Brewery’s Cornish pale ale, Tribute, was chosen by Spaceport Cornwall as its beer of choice for the UK Space Conference 2019.

Visitors to Spaceport Cornwall’s stand were served a complimentary pint of the Cornish beer in a one-off cosmic Tribute glass, to mark the occasion.

Together, Cornwall and Virgin Orbit have committed to the Spaceport Cornwall partnership, seeking to deliver a horizontal launch at Cornwall Airport, Newquay, by 2021, and to create a satellite technology cluster of national importance.

The UK currently builds a high proportion of the world’s small satellites,  but has no launch capability. Spaceport Cornwall is set to take a global lead in sustainable satellite launch and will be the first ever launch from the UK. 

Spaceport Cornwall exhibited at the UK Space Conference in Newport last week, to highlight its plans in the lead-up to 2021 and showcase several Cornish space businesses.

‘Our limited edition glasses were the hit of the conference!’

Jeremy Mitchell, marketing director at St Austell Brewery, said: “We were delighted to support Spaceport Cornwall in Wales last week — a positive force for Cornwall and its future growth.

“Tribute is our flagship beer, so we were really proud to serve it at the UK Space Conference and give people a true taste of Cornwall, as well as a unique souvenir pint glass to take away with them.”

Melissa Thorpe, head of engagement at Spaceport Cornwall, added: “St Austell Brewery has been a pioneering business in Cornwall since 1851, long before man first set foot on the moon, and is still an innovative, family-owned business.

“As a proudly Cornish organisation, we wanted to give a nod to this pioneering legacy, making it a natural fit for us to work together. Our limited-edition glasses were the hit of the conference!”

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