Scottish Spaceport - the project is pending approval
Scottish spaceport is about to commence building work The project of Scottish spaceport, new cosmodrome is now pending approval Building a cost-efficient vertical aerodrome in the northern part of Scotland can start in a year, depending on the receipt of a development consent proposal from a regional council. Scottish spaceport, to be named Space Hub Sutherland, will be located at A'Mhoine on the Moine Peninsula in County Sutherland, a couple of kilometers from the Scottish Atlantic shoreline.
Virgin Orbit - small satellites launcher
British Space Agency grants Virgin Orbit resources to become small satellites launcher Cornwall to become a new site for satellites launch by Virgin Orbit Virgin Orbit United Kingdom is being awarded a £7.35 Mio grant from the UK Space Agency to provide horizontal launch capability for small satellites launch at the Cornwall Space Station at Newquay Airport in the UK. Virgin Orbit UK is the affiliate of Virgin Orbit, a space launching organization located in the United States. Minister of Science promises financing In addition to the resources and assistance from the sponsoring company, the financing from the United Kingdom Space Agency is one component of an overall £20 million financing programme for the installations at Cornwall's Newquay Airport, promised by the Minister of Science, Chris Skidmore.
Test was successful
Thank you to @BTTFRS1 Fire and Rescue team who were on standby at our ground rocket test! Thankfully, the test was successful and were not needed but they helped us survey the area to double check there was no combustion that had escaped our fire and suppression water system
Skyrora conducts the first space rocket test in Britain for 50 years
Skyrora says the recent static firing came after three hot-fire tests of the engine before it was integrated into the launcher. The static test of the full vehicle was conducted using the company's mobile launch system, which consists of several modules that comprised the command center, propellant containers, power generator, erector/launcher, and a compressed gas container.
Successful space rocket test first in UK for a generation
The operation was carried out while having to adhere to very strict social distancing measures, and in an extremely remote location, providing additional challenges, all of which were handled expertly by all the team.“We see this as being the first significant step towards reaching space from our own soil and are very proud to have taken that step as part of the UK’s space ambitions.“We are now in a full state of readiness for launch. It is this milestone that is the start of the UK’s new space revolution.“With the expertise in place and all the necessary hardware at the ready, we are poised to take the next steps in making the UK a serious leader in the space business once again.
3rd webinar in the Space Today
Join us for our 3rd webinar in the Space Today series, where experts from the space industry share their advice and experiences on how you could begin a career in the Space Sector! Hear from: @spacegovuk, @RAL_Space_STFC, @ResponsiveAcs, @timmermansr
UK's first complete rocket test in 50 years takes place in Scotland
The first complete ground rocket test in the UK for 50 years has happened in Scotland, with the test of private space company Skyrora’s Skylark L rocket. In a post announcing the news, Skyrora said that the construction of the mobile launch complex and test had been completed in only five days, with the 11-meter long vehicle being sent from Kildemorie Estate in North Scotland.
Skyrora and UK's first rocket launch test in 50 years
That this House congratulates Midlothian based Skyrora Ltd on completing the UK’s first ground rocket test in Scotland in 50 years; commends its work in making the UK ready for launching rockets into space after its team successfully built a mobile launch complex and completed a full static fire test with the Skylark-L rocket on it in only five days; recognises that Skyrora's achievements signify the first vertical static fire test of this magnitude in the UK since the Black Arrow Programme, 50 years ago; notes that the Skylark L rocket could be ready to launch from a British spaceport by spring 2021 and the inaugural launch of the low Earth orbital (LEO) Skyrora XL rocket by 2023; further notes that the company plan to use its Ecosene, an equivalent Kerosene fuel made from un-recyclable plastic waste