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Go-ahead for Space Hub Sutherland Starts Countdown to Launch of Orbex Prime from Scotland

26 Jun 2020, 18:44 UTC
Go-ahead for Space Hub Sutherland Starts Countdown to Launch of Orbex Prime from Scotland
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Prime rocket launch from Sutherland spaceport. (Credit: Orbex/Anders Bøggild)

Sutherland spaceport granted planning permissionOrbex confirms six launch contractsSignificant steps on launch system testingNew jobs in Moray and Highlands regions

FORRES, UK, 26 June 2020 (Orbex PR) – The first orbital spaceflight from the United Kingdom has come a step closer following the Highland Council’s decision to give the go-ahead for the Space Hub Sutherland spaceport.

Orbex, the UK-based space launch company, has confirmed that Orbex Prime will be the first vertical launch vehicle to fly into orbit from the Space Hub, which will be constructed near Melness on the northern coast of Scotland. Orbex today confirmed the company has already signed six launch contracts.

“The Highland Council’s approval of the spaceport is a landmark in the history of spaceflight in Europe and will place the community around Tongue, Melness and Skerray, the Highlands Region, Scotland and the United Kingdom at the very heart of the European space launch industry,” said Chris Larmour, CEO of Orbex. “We would like to congratulate Highlands and Islands Enterprise on their leadership of this project and thank numerous local people for their active engagement and support throughout the meticulous planning process. We look forward ...

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