UK rocket launch
The UK's 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.
Hattrick for rocket company after first ever launch from Shetland soil
UK’s space race is heating up following a milestone suborbital rocket launch – the first of its kind ever to take Edinburgh-based Skyrora successfully launched its Skylark Nano rocket from remote land, the Fethaland Peninsula at North Roe on the Scottish island on Saturday, the 13th of June.
Skyrora Students Given Chance To Reach For The Moon
Two new recruits have been selected to join Skyrora's graduate student placement programmeTwo students have landed places what is reckoned to be the most prized university placement programme in Scotland– working with space rocket firm Skyrora.Bethany Taylor and David King, who were selected from more than 100 applicants, will be based at Skyrora’s production facility outside Edinburgh – supporting the company’s aim to help Scotland to become a key player in the UK’s space race programme.David, an Aerospace Engineering student at the University of Sheffield and Bethany, a Mechanical Engineering student at University of Edinburgh, have joined Skyrora’s technical team - supporting manufacturing, vehicle launches and more Skyrora XL stage testing. Both David and Bethany will play a part in assisting Skyrora to achieve its goals for 2021. Bethany said: “I am really looking forward to learning about how the business is run and having the chance to work on different projects, using the knowledge that I have learnt at university, on real life projects within Skyrora.”David added: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the team at Skyrora, who are getting the UK back into space.
The History of the UK’s Black Arrow Rocket Programme
Black Arrow ProgrammeWhat is Black Arrow? The Black Arrow programme is of immense technical and historical importance in the UK, having played a revolutionary role in placing the first UK-designed and manufactured artificial satellite into Earth’s orbit. Throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s, the rocketry programme developed from early UK-conducted space research and experimental programmes carried out by the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) in Farnborough. These experimental programmes involved design and construction projects in line with advances within the space industry; a series of various launch vehicles and rocket engines; and all associated ground-based test facilities and launch infrastructure in both the UK and in Woomera, Australia. The initial purpose of the Black Arrow programme was to investigate whether or not a rocket constructed using existing processes and technologies would be capable of launch satellites into space. Black Arrow Rocket Development The Black Arrow rocket instigated from a proposal by the RAE for a launch vehicle with the ability of launching a 144kg artificial satellite into low Earth orbit with the purpose of testing rocketry systems previously designed for larger spacecrafts. The Black Arrow programme was authorised in 1964, though was quickly put on hold due to government reduction in expenditure.
Skyrora agrees multi-launch deal with Shetland spaceport for the next decade
Skyrora’s first agreement with Scottish Spaceport Edinburgh, 12th October 2021 - British rocket company Skyrora has agreed a multi-launch deal with the SaxaVord spaceport on Unst, the most northerly of the Shetland Islands, as it moves closer to launching its XL rocket in 2022.