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.
Skyrora conducts vacuum chamber engine tests to replicate space-like conditions
Scotland-based company successfully conducts a series of 100 static engine firing tests including a vacuum chamber engine testEdinburgh, November 17th 2020 – UK rocket company, Skyrora, has conducted a series of static test fires of its 3rd stage LEO engine, including a vacuum chamber test, designed to replicate space-like conditions to further advance its launch ambitions.All tests, totalling 100 and conducted at the company’s Engine Test Complex located in Fife, Scotland, were successful, and the results met Skyrora’s test criteria.
Skyrora welcomes Rt Hon. Lord Willetts as a Senior Advisor
Rt Hon Lord Willetts, former UK Minister for Science and Universities, has agreed to join Skyrora in the role of Senior Consultant. Volodymyr Levykin, CEO Skyrora said: "I'm delighted that Lord Willetts has accepted our offer to join Skyrora in this capacity.
Quarter 3 in Review
Term: July - September | Issue 3 | Date: October 1, 2020A close look at the work carried out by Skyrora over the last few months. A Letter from our CEOTriumphant Third Quarter of 2020Despite continued operational prohibitions, Skyrora have persistently strived to remain ahead of schedule in putting the UK back into space by 2023. Imperative milestones are continuously being met, having established an engine test complex in Scotland, launched our Skylark Micro vehicle from Icelandic soil for the first time, and received an esteemed environmental award in recognition for our environmental efforts, all the while continuing our work within the STEM community. The opening of our engine test complex represents a giant leap forward for the UK’s ambitions as a space nation and Scotland’s status as a space hub.
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.