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First Ever Vertical Space Port in Scotland, To Be Constructed by UK

Sutherland, a historic & lieutenancy area in the highlands of Scotland, is chosen by the UK space agency as the land base for constructing a vertical spaceport, paving a way for the space flights. The UK considered Scotland as a paramount base so as to reach highly sought-after satellite orbits with vertically launched rockets.

A fund of 2.5 million euros would be given to Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) by the UK Government in order to construct a spaceport, expected to be ready by the early 2020s. A development fund of 2 million euros is announced to be given to the potential horizontal launch sites of the UK such as Cornwall, Glasgow, Prestwick, and Snowdonia.

 

HIE Executive Charlotte Wright, expressed his contentment for supporting the UK space system, which is a great opportunity for Scotland. He added, “The international space sector is growing and we want to ensure the region is ready to reap the economic benefits that will be generated from this fantastic opportunity”.

Greg Clark, Britain’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, expressed on how they want Britain to be the first place for launching satellites. He added, “the project will build on our global reputation for manufacturing small satellites and help the whole country capitalize on the huge potential of the commercial space age”.

One of the UK Space Agency officials told about how the horizontal launch sites have a very substantial potential in the upcoming years of UK spaceflight market that would eventually attract companies across the globe for investing in Britain’s projects.

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