Our key milestones
Satellite development provides an addressable market due to the vast number and quality of satellite manufacturers in the UK compared to the lack of launch vehicles and government regulations that would enable launch from the UK. The satellite to launch vehicle market is currently rendered unequal.
To address such a market, Skyrora are rapidly working towards putting the UK back in space with the aim to launch from UK soil by 2023. This news feed aims to highlight the key milestones and all small updates in which Skyrora are driving the UK to launch status.
Astronaut Tim Peake Joins Skyrora’s Advisory Board
Tim Peake will be supporting Skyrora in becoming the UK’s premier and principal company for commercial rocket launchesEdinburgh, Scotland, 01 June 2020 – Space rocket company Skyrora has announced the addition of British astronaut, Tim Peake to its advisory board.
Hattrick for rocket company after first ever launch from Shetland soil
UK’s space race is heating up following a milestone suborbital rocket launch – the first of its kind ever to take Edinburgh-based Skyrora successfully launched its Skylark Nano rocket from remote land, the Fethaland Peninsula at North Roe on the Scottish island on Saturday, the 13th of June.
The UKs first complete ground rocket test in 50 years takes place in Scotland
First time that a team has built a mobile launch complex and successfully live tested a complete rocket vehicle within five days. Edinburgh, Scotland, 20 May 2020 – The UK’s Space race heats up as Skyrora effectively made the UK ready for launching rockets into space after a 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.
Quarter 1 in Review
Term: Jan-March | Issue 1 | Date: April 1, 2020 A close look at the work carried out by Skyrora over the last few months. A letter from our CEO Skyrora Responds to Coronavirus Taking every measure possible to help combat the disease, Skyrora have re-allocated a small percentage of our staff to manufacture various forms of personal protective equipment while still adhering to social distancing measures.
Skyrora shifts production to hand sanitiser and face visors for coronavirus response
Skyrora is answering the call of the UK government and the NHS to manufacturers to do what they can to provide much-needed healthcare equipment for frontline responders amid the coronavirus crisis.
One step closer to space
At the beginning of the year, Skyrora carried out their first successful weather balloon launch ahead of test flights near the centre of Scotland. Weather balloons carry transmitters that collect information concerning atmospheric pressure, temperature, relative humidity, and wind speed. A parachute recovery system allows for safe landing of the transmitter, one of which belonging to Skyrora was recovered not so long ago by a citizen based in East Yorkshire. Skyrora have recently begun to launch their own weather balloons for test purposes.
Skyrora tested innovative environmentally friendly fuel Ecosene
Skyrora has tested an innovative high-grade fuel made from waste plastics designed to minimise the environmental impact of rocket launch on a 3D printed rocket engine. The fuel has been called Ecosene, and RP-1 rocket fuel equivalent that produces 45 percent less greenhouse gas than traditional Kerosene.