The Sutherland spaceport is a proposal for the first spaceport in the United Kingdom. It is planned to be located within the Melness Crofting Estate, on the A’ Mhòine peninsula in Sutherland, Caithness and Sutherland, Highland, Scotland, United Kingdom. The site of the UK Space Agency’s small vertical launching spaceport for small satellites makes it a good location for polar orbit and sun-synchronous orbit launches. – Photo credit: Google Maps
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Scotland Is Going To Host The UK's First Spaceport
The UK Government recently awarded contracts to Lockheed Martin and Orbex to being building and launching rockets out of a remote peninsula in the very north of the scottish mainland.
Lots of you have been asking whether this is a good place for a launch site, and whether the UK can even make an impact in the space launch market.
UK Join The Space Race
Did you see the recent announcement at the Farnborough Airshow?
Orbex has gained £30m in funding to enable them to set up the first Space Port in Sutherland Scotland.
There was a bit of a media frenzy but we managed to elbow the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 etc. out of the way and we had a quick chat with Chris Larmour, the CEO of Orbex to find out more.
Whilst we won’t be on the first flight, we will do our best to be there to see the takeoff – scheduled for 2021.
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UK's first spaceport to be built on Scottish peninsula
Scotland’s north coast has been chosen as the site of Britain's first spaceport. Vertical rocket and satellite launches are planned from the A’Mhoine peninsula, in Sutherland, which the UK Space Agency says will pave the way for human spaceflights
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Sutherland UK Spaceport? BBC Breakfast 16/7/18
A remote, boggy stretch of land on the north coast of Scotland is likely to become the UK's first spaceport.
The A'Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland has been chosen as the most suitable place from which to launch rockets vertically to put satellites in orbit.
The UK Space Agency is giving Highlands and Islands Enterprise £2.5m towards the development of the facility.
HIE will work closely with a consortium that includes the American aerospace giant Lockheed Martin.
The goal would be to have launches as early as possible in the 2020s.
Scotland's Sutherland Spaceport