Skyrora completes first UK ground rocket test in 50 years
The test, which was completed at the company’s mobile launch complex at Kildemorie Estate in North Scotland earlier this month, saw Skylark-L perform all actions of a launch while restrained to the ground and prevented from taking off; a move that now paves the way forward for the rocket to launch from a British spaceport as early as spring 2021.
High Hopes as Skyrora Completes UK’s First Ground Rocket Test in 50 Years
Skyrora has reached a major milestone after carrying out the UK’s first vertical static fire test in more than half a century.<br>The tests were carried out on its Skylark-L rocket at Kildemorie Estate, near Alness in the Highlands last Friday, and mark the first of this magnitude since the famed Black Arrow programme of the 1960s.<br>During the test, the Skylark-L was put through its paces while being restrained to the ground and prevented from taking off.
Successfully completed a full static fire test
We are unbelievably proud to announce that we have successfully completed the UK’s first ground rocket test in 50 years. We have successfully completed a full static fire test at our mobile launch complex in five days. Read the full article: #UKnewspace
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.
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.
Little trajectory in our lives
We all need a little trajectory in our lives, a plan for where we want to go. In this video we will take a look at how flight plans work as well as some rocket basics to think about along the way. #STEM #Flight #Learn #Life Watch the full video here:
Сelebrate the birthday of Francis Richard Scobee
Today we celebrate the birthday of Francis Richard Scobee - also known as Dick Scobee - who was an American pilot, engineer and NASA astronaut. In April 1984, Scobee piloted the Challenger mission STS-41-C, which successfully deployed one satellite and repaired another.
At Skyrora, we use parachute recovery systems to enable the reuse of certain rocket parts. Take a look at how these parachute recovery systems work by taking part in our parachute activity here! The science behind Skyrora’s parachute activity This parachute experiment provides an examination of how a parachute recovery system allows for the safe landing of Skyrora’s test rockets. When the parachute is released, the weight pulls down on the strings and opens a large surface area of material that uses air resistance to slow it down.
Sutherland Spaceport - first British spaceport to launch in Scotland
Sutherland Spaceport - first British spaceport to launch in Scotland Britain's first vertical launch site named Sutherland Spaceport is to be built at Sutherland in Scotland, the British space agency announced. £2 million for spaceports expansion Greg Clark, Minister for Economic Affairs, is also set to launch a brand fresh £2 million grant to promote the horizontal expansion of space airports throughout the country.