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UK Spaceport
« on: July 15, 2018, 10:30:43 am »
Scotland has beaten of competition from Newquay in Cornwall and Prestwick in Ayrshire to become the United Kingdoms first Spaceport.  It will be announced at the Farnborough Airshow later this week.  The Spaceport will be based in Sutherland in the Highlands.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5955517/Scotland-join-space-race-north-coast-site-announced-week.html

I will post another link as when more info becomes available.

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Re: UK Spaceport
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Re: UK Spaceport
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2018, 01:45:55 pm »
Why not using some places closer to the equator? I guess it would be the most northernly launch site in the world.
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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2018, 02:47:18 pm »
Press Release;

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Sutherland could be a new site for vertically-launched space rockets and satellites as the Government makes £2 million available to fund further horizontal launch spaceport sites across Britain – including Newquay, Glasgow Prestwick and Snowdonia – subject to business case.

The Sutherland spaceport, which could see lift-off from the early 2020s and create hundreds of new jobs, is one of a number of Government-backed space projects that will be announced at the Farnborough International Airshow.

The commercial space sector is estimated to be worth a potential £3.8 billion to the UK economy over the next decade and will support Britain’s modern Industrial Strategy by creating high-skilled jobs and boosting local economies.

UK Space Agency selected the Sutherland site because Scotland is the best place in the UK to reach highly sought-after satellite orbits with vertically launched rockets.

Initial funding of £2.5 million will go to Highlands and Islands Enterprise to develop the launch site in Sutherland, which will use innovative rocket technology to ensure Britain is a leading force in the global spaceflight market.

Horizontal launch sites have potential to play a key role in the UK’s future spaceflight market, attracting companies from all over the world to invest in Britain for the launch of their sub-orbital flight, satellite launch and spaceplane ambitions.

Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “As a nation of innovators and entrepreneurs, we want Britain to be the first place in mainland Europe to launch satellites as part of our modern Industrial Strategy. The UK’s thriving space industry, research community and aerospace supply chain put the UK in a leading position to develop both vertical and horizontal launch sites.

“This will build on our global reputation for manufacturing small satellites and help the whole country capitalise on the huge potential of the commercial space age.”

Charlotte Wright, Chief Executive of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), said: “The decision to support the UK’s first spaceport in Sutherland is tremendous news for our region and for Scotland as a whole. 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.”

Will Whitehorn, Non-Executive Chairman of Clyde Space said: “From designing and building the very first satellite in Scotland, Clyde Space has grown and become a front runner in small-satellite manufacturing.  Having a spaceport located in Scotland will bring about a whole host of commercial advantages and not only to our operations in Glasgow, but to the entire space sector in the whole of the UK.”

Peter Platzer, CEO of Spire Global, said: “A spaceport in Scotland and the UK is fantastic news! Launch continues to be the most unpredictable part of the overall supply chain, with delays, often for months and sometimes years, being the norm. In Spire, Scotland already sports Europe’s most advanced and prolific satellite manufacturing capability, and with a space port right next door, enabling clockwork like launches, we can finally get our space sector supply chain to be truly integrated!”

Graham Turnock, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, said: “This grant will help to kick-start an exciting new era for the UK space industry, and this is only the beginning of our LaunchUK campaign. We are committed to supporting a commercial market for access to space in the UK, and we will continue to engage with any company who seeks to operate here.”

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Re: UK Spaceport
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2018, 06:18:12 pm »
Why not using some places closer to the equator? I guess it would be the most northernly launch site in the world.

SvalRak has it beat at 79 North.  Just sounding rockets, though.

The intent is to launch small sats, many of which go to polar orbits anyway.  They're interested in Electron as a potential launcher, which currently operates out of New Zealand.

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Re: UK Spaceport
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2018, 10:53:54 pm »
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44841123

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Lockheed has made no secret of its desire to bring the Electron rocket to Scotland. Currently, this vehicle flies out of New Zealand.

A British version of the rocket would have an upper-stage developed and built at LM's UK HQ in Ampthill, Bedfordshire.

"This is a defining moment for UK Space," a spokesperson for the company told BBC News. "Lockheed Martin has been working with Britain for over 80 years and we stand ready to support the development of UK launch capability should our extensive experience in developing space infrastructure be called upon."

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£2m of this is to be made available to continue investigations into the siting of a "horizontal launch" spaceport as well.

This would see a modified aeroplane leave a British runway, climb to altitude somewhere out over the ocean and then release a rocket that can put the satellite in orbit. A number of such systems are presently in development.

One making waves at the moment is owned by entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson. His Virgin Orbit company, based in Long Beach, California, has converted an old Virgin Atlantic 747 to dispense its LauncherOne rocket - a maiden flight for which is imminent.

Cornwall, in particular, is very keen to have Virgin Orbit operate out of Newquay airport. The council and the California company will sign a partnership agreement at the air show. A first mission is being targeted for 2021.

It looks like Newquay has been selected for horizontal launch;

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44840954

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Theresa May is to promise extra investment for the aerospace industry just days after Airbus threatened to reduce its UK presence because of Brexit disruption.

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At a speech at the Farnborough Airshow on Monday, she will offer more than £300m of government money for several projects, including research on more environmentally-friendly aircraft.

There will be additional money for two new spaceports - one in Cornwall, one in Scotland - and a long-awaited commitment to build a new high-tech fighter aircraft that will eventually replace the Eurofighter Typhoon.

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Re: UK Spaceport
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Re: UK Spaceport
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2018, 09:41:54 am »
Not much point having a base to launch satellites unless you have a vehicle to launch satellites. Perhaps they'll pull R4 from the Science Museum ...

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« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2018, 10:25:43 am »
Not much point having a base to launch satellites unless you have a vehicle to launch satellites. Perhaps they'll pull R4 from the Science Museum ...

They do it’s called the Electron.

Vertical launch will be accomplished by Launcher One from Virgin Orbit.

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Lockheed didn’t disclose the vehicle that will launch from Sutherland, but industry sources have identified the vehicle as Rocket Lab’s Electron. Lockheed Martin made a strategic investment in Rocket Lab in 2015.

https://spacenews.com/lockheed-martin-orbex-to-launch-from-new-british-spaceport/
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« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2018, 01:10:15 pm »
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Rocket Lab said in a statement late Monday that it is “evaluating launch opportunities” from the Sutherland spaceport in Scotland.

“Electron is well-positioned to be the first orbital rocket launched from U.K. soil,” said Peter Beck, Rocket Lab’s founder and CEO. “We’re excited to review the opportunity to develop a launch service to support the U.K. space industry’s growth.

“Every aspect of Rocket Lab’s launch model is designed to offer rapid, repeatable and precise delivery to orbit for small satellites,” Beck said in a statement. “The development of launch sites around the globe that can support Electron launches is crucial to delivering unprecedented access to orbit.”

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“The countdown to the first orbital rocket launch from U.K. soil has officially begun,” said Patrick Wood, Lockheed Martin’s U.K. country executive for space, in a written statement. “The U.K. Government has stated its desire to grow the U.K.’s space sector to ten percent of the global space economy by 2030. We are proud to be selected to help them achieve this goal. This initiative will not only spark advancements in science and innovation, it will create new opportunities for current and future U.K.-based suppliers to become part of the next space age.”

Lockheed Martin said in a statement it will provide “strategic support and guidance” to the Scottish government in developing the Sutherland launch site.

https://spaceflightnow.com/2018/07/16/scotland-site-selected-as-launch-base-for-lockheed-martin-orbex/

UK rocket launch programme to draw on Lockheed Martin-linked Electron

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Lockheed Martin fleshed out its UK Space Agency-backed plans to bring a space launch capability to Scotland from 2020 – with a US-developed rocket now blasting off from New Zealand.

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/farnborough-uk-rocket-launch-programme-to-draw-on-l-450368/
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Re: UK Spaceport
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2018, 03:37:27 am »
For those wondering about what the Electron Rocket looks like I have found the official website of Electron.

https://www.rocketlabusa.com/electron/


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« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2018, 02:32:53 pm »
Space centre signs deal with aerospace giant

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THE COMPANY behind plans to develop a space centre on the island of Unst has joined forces with Shetland Islands Council (SIC) and Lockheed Martin, one of the world's largest aerospace companies, to create a satellite tracking and communication centre on the UK's most northerly island.

Shetland Space Centre project director Scott Hammond, SIC chief executive Maggie Sandison and Patrick Wood, head of Lockheed Martin Space UK, signed a memorandum of understanding at the Farnborough Airshow on Wednesday.

The agreement for a satellite tracking centre, but not a vertical satellite launch base at this stage, was welcomed by Shetland MSP Tavish Scott who said that the signing was a "highly significant day for Unst".

Wood said Lockheed Martin was committed to supporting the UK's goal of expanding its national space industry.

Mr Wood said: "As the UK launches into the next space age, the Shetland Space Centre is the perfect location for vital ground stations as well as space situational awareness technology," he said.

"This effort is a strong complement to our work on the UK Spaceflight Programme, where we will launch the first orbital rocket from UK soil. The future of space across the UK is very bright."

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Re: UK Spaceport
« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2018, 04:32:25 pm »
9 eng and electric pumps make a lot of complexities for 150kg in orbit.

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Orbex reveals Prime’s second stage as it prepares for UK domestic launches

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UK launch services provider Orbex has unveiled a completed engineering prototype of the second stage for its Prime rocket at the opening of its new headquarters and rocket design facility in Forres in the Scottish Highlands. Prime is a small satellite launcher that is set to be the first UK rocket to launch UK satellites from a UK launch site. Orbex also announced two customers who have signed up for Prime launches.

Regardless of the historic nature of Prime’s goal to mark the UK’s first end-to-end domestic launch capability, it is also a super-advanced vehicle that sports a specially-formulated lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum composite – and includes the world’s largest 3-D printed rocket engine.