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29.05.2020
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Shetland Space Center - received proposals

Shetland Space Center - received proposals

Proposals received for Shetland Space Centre Vertical launch in Unst Formal submissions have just been made for a space airport project in the Shetland Islands. The Shetland Space Centre (SSC) plans to construct a vertical launch platform in Unst. Unst is the most northern island of Scotland and is regarded as a suitable development site due to its free airspace. The SSC intends to possess a completely functional satellite lift-off site and a land-based mission center before the end of 2021. Members of the general public will have the chance to express their views on the project applications at a number of displays in Unst at the beginning of May, following the submission of the official project submission proposal directly to the local government, Shetland Islands Council. A complete proposal will probably be presented in June. Best location SSC Director’s statement SSC Managing Director Frank Strang said: "Following a three-year battle to have Unst recognized as a first-class site suitable for launching small vertical launching vehicles into outer space, now we are ready to present our suggestions to the world at large". He remarked that issues raised by the project would give cause for concern and informed the BBC Shetland that they would «pick up suggestions from the bottom up". He stated: "I have always said that this must be managed by the fellowship from the very beginning because there will be advantages for the fellowship as well". Successful testings In July, the trial take-off of a hot air balloon in the Shetland Islands was considered a successful outcome in terms of a solution able to lift small satellites into outer space. The Shetland Space Centre partnered efforts with B2Space, a firm headquartered in Bristol, which has developed the stratospheric hot air balloon take-off service called Rockoon. During this lift-off - considered to represent Great Britain's premier commercial space-related activity - this balloon traveled 37 km (23 miles) towards the outer limits of the Earth's atmosphere.

20.05.2020
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Shetland Space Center - satellite lift-off platform

Shetland Space Center - satellite lift-off platform

Shetland Space Centre satellite lift-off timetable receives 2 million pounds of funding £2 million grant The Shetland Space Centre (SSC) has been granted a £2 million grant for its development project to create "Great Britain's unique space launching platform". Financing of £2,050,000 from Leonne Intl, which is a leading international corporate finance company, has been secured to assist in the design for a proposed space lift-off platform and land base at Saxa Vord, Unst. The major capital contribution will provide the firm with a 20% stake in the operation of the facility, which is due to include a space launching site and a land operating center before the end of 2021. One year after SSC's initial objective "to be in possession of a full-function space launching system by 2020". Why Scotland? Best place for satellites launch According to the latest information from an external study published in 2017 on behalf of the UK Space Agency (UKSA), Saxa Vord was found to be the most suitable site in the United Kingdom for the deployment of mini-satellites to space, although other Scottish locations in Sutherland and the Western Isles were also taken into account. More lift-off locations Whilst SSC has indicated plans to construct the UK's only satellite launching site, UKSA stated that there was scope for multiple vertical lift-off locations in Scotland. UKSA stated: "We fully endorse the aspirations of all possible launch station sites and we applaud Shetland's relationship with Leonne International. The availability of several vertical lift-off locations in Scotland is a demonstration of the strength of the UK's dynamic space industry and puts Britain at the leading edge of Europe's space exploration industry. Sutherland Independently, UKSA stated for 2018 that it was going to endorse the Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE) suggestions for a vertical lift-off location at Sutherland, with UKSA and HIE having committed millions to support this development.

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