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 launch mission challenge to seek and de-orbit historic Prospero satellite
50 years on, UK rocket company issues call to de-orbit the only British satellite launched by a British rocket; Skyrora “Space Tug” in first test of ability to tackle problem of *170 million pieces of “space junk” Edinburgh, 7 July - British rocket company Skyrora has called on the UK space industry to support its efforts to find Prospero - the first British satellite to have been launched successfully by a British rocket - and remove it from orbit.
Skyrora Launches Online Store to Inspire Future Space Commanders
SCOTTISH rocket company Skyrora has launched its own online merchandise store with all profits going towards activities to support the next generation of UK space experts.Since starting up the online store four months ago, the company has generated a global interest with 40% of sales coming from out with the UK. While already committed to an active science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) programme, Skyrora – which aims to be the first UK company to launch satellites from Europe - will use the profits to further its work in sponsoring and supporting students to develop a career in the space sector.The merchandise on offer includes clothing and accessories such as Skyrora branded hoodies and commemorative mission patches from recent test launches.
Skyrora boosted by European Space Agency funding
Scottish-based company aims to be the first to launch from Europe, delivering UK’s sovereign launch capabilityScottish-based rocket company, Skyrora, has received €3 million of co-funding from the European Space Agency (ESA), ensuring that the company can complete at pace the development of its rocket technology.The funding puts Skyrora on track to be the first UK company to launch satellites from Europe, delivering the UK’s sovereign space launch capability – a key Government ambition. The funding, which is part of the ESA’s Boost! program, will be used by Skyrora to complete the crucial technology required to deliver consistent orbital launches from the UK with Skyrora’s XL launch vehicle.Skyrora XL is a 23-meter 56-tonne three-stage rocket capable of carrying up to 315 kg into orbit.
Skyrora Students Given Chance To Reach For The Moon
Two new recruits have been selected to join Skyrora's graduate student placement programmeTwo students have landed places what is reckoned to be the most prized university placement programme in Scotland– working with space rocket firm Skyrora.Bethany Taylor and David King, who were selected from more than 100 applicants, will be based at Skyrora’s production facility outside Edinburgh – supporting the company’s aim to help Scotland to become a key player in the UK’s space race programme.David, an Aerospace Engineering student at the University of Sheffield and Bethany, a Mechanical Engineering student at University of Edinburgh, have joined Skyrora’s technical team - supporting manufacturing, vehicle launches and more Skyrora XL stage testing. Both David and Bethany will play a part in assisting Skyrora to achieve its goals for 2021. Bethany said: “I am really looking forward to learning about how the business is run and having the chance to work on different projects, using the knowledge that I have learnt at university, on real life projects within Skyrora.”David added: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the team at Skyrora, who are getting the UK back into space.
Skyrora’s ‘Space Tug’ Gives Space Sustainability Dream A Lift
SKYRORA has revealed it has conducted successful trials of a ‘space tug’ which can play a key part in ensuring the UK becomes a world leader in tackling the issue of space junk. The Scottish-based rocket development company believes the Orbit Transfer Vehicle – part of its Skyrora XL rocket due to launch in 2023 - could clear debris, reposition satellites and remove defunct satellites from orbit. In the week that the UK and UN sign a historical agreement on space sustainability, Edinburgh based Skyrora have thrown their support around the initiative. The company recently showed their own commitment towards a sustainable space industry with the launch of their space tug, which is one of many initiatives that will allow the government to meet its goals. Its announcement comes after a directive was signed this week between the UK Science Minister and the UN to agree a new approach to sustainability in space, as well as equipping authorities with the power to act against firms responsible for creating space junk. The agreement commits the UK government to a series of events and outreach efforts, ultimately aimed at promoting the Guidelines for the Long-Term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities (LTS Guidelines). Those guidelines ensure “the conduct of space activities indefinitely into the future”, an ability now under threat from the growing cloud of space debris.
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.