Coronavirus in Scotland: Rocket firm switches to making masks and hand sanitiser
Princes Street-based Skyrora has swapped building launch vehicles for small satellites to making much-needed masks and hand sanitiser. The firm is producing face visors using its 3D printing facilities while also aiming to deliver 10,000 bottles of hand wash per week.
Skyrora Manufactures Hand Sanitizer, Works on Visors to Combat Coronavirus
Skyrora, a United Kingdom-based smallsat launch company, has restructured its manufacturing division to produce face visors and hand sanitizer to combat coronavirus. The company said it has refocused all of its U.K. operations and has invested all human resources and working capital to help tackle Covid-19 in response to the U.K. government’s call for support from businesses.
Scottish Space Company Shifts Production To Hand Sanitizer, Face Masks In U.K.
Instead of rocket fuel, Skyrora, a start-up out of Scotland, is now making hand sanitizers as its contribution to the coronavirus effort. But Skyrora is not the only space company making hand sanitizer. Reportedly, SpaceX is also making hand sanitizer, face shields and protective gear that will be donated to local hospitals and organizations.
Rocket startup Skyrora shifts production to hand sanitizer and face masks for coronavirus response
For now, though, Skyrora will be focusing full on building hand sanitizer, its first effort to support the COVID-19 response. The company has already produce their initial batch using WHO guidelines and requirements, and now aims to scale up its production efforts to the point where it can manufacture the sanitizer at a rate of over 10,000 250 ml bottles per week.
Midlothian MP and rocket makers celebrate space industry at Westminster
As part of the event last week, Owen Thompson (SNP) welcomed Midlothian-based rocket innovators Skyrora to the parliament to discuss their work, building on the Black Arrow legacy and progressing towards future rocket launches from Scotland. It’s fantastic to see companies like Skyrora, based in the heart of Midlothian’s historic mining community, developing innovative new rocket launch technologies and creating skilled jobs along the way.
Black Arrow marks 50 years since one and only UK satellite launch
Volodymyr Levykin, chief executive officer of Skyrora said: "Today, we mark the 50th Anniversary of the UK's Access to Space. The Black Arrow programme was the foundation of the future of UK space exploration. It showed proven technology and is the British heritage of space in the UK."
Space industry celebrates Black Arrow 50th Anniversary at Farnborough
The UK Space Agency and Scottish launch company, Skyrora put together the celebration at the Farnborough Air Sciences Museum, where the original Black Arrow rocket was put on display, with one of the original engineers doing a talk about his time working on the Black Arrow vehicle.
New display celebrates 50th anniversary of UK’s last space rocket
Today marks the anniversary of a unique date (March 4th 1970) in British space history when the Black Arrow rocket took to the sky from a launch pad in Australia. The successful launch, 50 years ago, still represents the only British rocket to carry a satellite into space.
A Scottish Launch Company Just Tested A ‘Green’ Rocket Engine That Uses Waste Plastic As Fuel
U.K. launch startup Skyrora has tested a new rocket engine that uses "greener" fuel in the form of waste plastic, as it moves towards its planned first orbital launch in 2022. Edinburgh-based Skyrora said it had successfully tested its 3D-printed “eco liquid-fuel rocket engine” last week at a test site in Fife, Scotland. The 3.5kN Leo engine is designed to be used on the company’s planned Skyrora XL rocket.
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’s rocket engines are novel not only in their use of 3D printing, but also because the fuel that powers them is developed from plastic waste — a new type of fuel called “Ecosene” the startup says makes its launch vehicles greener and more ecologically sound than the competition.
Scotland-based Skyrora tests 3D printed rocket engine and eco-fuel
Scottish company Ecosene has developed a technology capable of transforming plastic waste—which would otherwise end up in a landfill—into fuel. The novel process is reportedly capable of turning 1,000 kg of plastic waste into 600 kg of kerosene fuel in just 24 hours. Understandably, the prospect has grabbed the interest of the space industry.
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.