Launch startup Skyrora successfully tests 3D-printed rocket engines powered by plastic waste
Rocket launch startup Skyrora, an Edinburgh-based company that’s developing a new launch vehicle for small satellites, has successfully tested its new rocket engines in their first stationary ground-firings, a huge step on the way toward developing their launch vehicle.
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.
The Great British Space Age: Tackling the satellite backlog
In July, the government named Sutherland in the Scottish Highlands as the location for the UK’s first ever spaceport. It was hailed as the start of the ‘Great British Space Age’ – but, in truth, a host of innovative companies has been pushing the UK space industry to new heights for several years.
EXCLUSIVE: UK's Skyrora prepares 3D-printed rocket engine for testing
A UK space company aiming to tackle the growing backlog of unlaunched small satellites has revealed a 3D-printed rocket engine. Edinburgh manufacturer Skyrora, which aims to launch its rockets from Scottish sites such as the recently confirmed Sutherland spaceport, revealed the engine parts to Professional Engineering before end-of-year ground testing.
Space industry trio on board at Scots satellite firm
Three space industry heavyweights have joined Skyrora, the Scots firm that could become the first UK-based satellite launch provider for more than 50 years. Tom Markusic, Gerry Webb and Craig Clark have combined senior-level experience in roles at Nasa, SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and Skylark.
Ross-shire rocket launch as spaceport plans take off
A commercial rocket was launched for the first time in Scotland as part of efforts to gain work at a planned spaceport in the Highlands. Skyrora’s 9ft projectile, called Skylark Nano, reached altitudes of almost four miles after taking off at the Kildermorie Estate in Ross-shire.