Midlothian Science Festival: Rocket to the Moon
On Friday 18 th of October, two of Skyrora’s STEM ambassadors, Becky Morris (Corporate Social Responsibility Manager) and Derek Harris (Business Operations Manager) attended the Midlothian Science Festival Rocket to the Moon event at The Glencorse Centre in Penicuik.
Skyrora – building on British space heritage
The private launch vehicle market is currently dominated by a few big names like SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and Rocket Lab but with more than 10,000 smallsats predicted to be launched worldwide over the next 10 years new players are joining the field, potentially offering smaller and more cost-effective launchers and launch services. One of these, Edinburgh-based UK launch vehicle designer, manufacturer, and service operator Skyrora has already completed one successful suborbital test launch and is rapidly developing the elements of its new orbital and suborbital launch vehicle
Skyrora opens secret rocket engine testing facility
Scottish-based rocket developer Skyrora has built a European engine test facility in Europe as it continues to test and develop its satellite launch platform towards commercial use. The facility, which the company is not specifying the location of for “commercial reasons”, is being used for the first phase of testing on its 30kN rocket engine, but is capable of testing engines up to 70kN for their sub-orbital and orbital launch vehicles.
SKYRORA TO OPEN TEST FACILITY FOR ROCKET ENGINE SUPPORTING 3D PRINTING
Independent rocket manufacturer Skyrora is one of many companies leveraging additive manufacturing in the production of satellite launch vehicles. However, being headquartered in Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh, the company is one of the few contributing this expertise to the founding of civil space activity in the UK.
Royal International Air Tattoo, 19th – 21st July, RAF Fairford
Skyrora were honoured to be invited by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust to attend and exhibit at the 2019 Royal International Air Tattoo, the largest air show in the world at RAF Fairford in July.
Edinburgh’s Lord Provost pays a visit to Skyrora’s Head Office in Edinburgh
Edinburgh's Lord Provost Frank Ross has paid tribute to Skyrora as one of the leading lights of the city’s business world during a visit to space firm’s offices. Mr Ross said: “Skyrora is a hugely ambitious firm and a fantastic example of the game changing start-ups who choose to call Edinburgh home. “Our city is fast becoming a real magnet for innovation in business and it was inspiring to hear about Skyrora’s plans to launch a satellite from the UK.
ESA Business Applications: ‘Your Business Powered by Space’, Manchester Airport
Skyrora were invited by Alan Cross, ESA Business Applications Regional Ambassador for the North West & North Wales, to present our updates at the ‘Your Business Powered by Space’ event hosted at Manchester Airport Runway Park venue with the impressive backdrop of the Concorde.
Our technical team in Edinburgh have completed construction of our second small sounding rocket, Skylark Micro, which we have requested permission to launch this summer from Scotland with our license application currently being processed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).