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Spaceport Scotland

Discussion in 'Astronomy, Space and Planetary Science' started by amusicsite, 16 Jul 2018.

  1. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    Well it looks like the UK, or Scotland to be more precise, is going to get a space launch pad.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-44841123

    I presume this will be mainly for polar orbiting satellites as the plan is to launch northwards rather than ones orbiting round the equator. I've always been told it's easier to launch from the equator as the Earth's spin is faster there, guess that's not such an issue for polar orbits.

    On-board so far are Lockheed Martin who will launch their Electron rocket from there.

    Looks like Virgin Galactic may also be coming Cornwall with horizontal take off, using a plane to carry a rocket up into the atmosphere then launch from the plane.

    http://www.falmouthpacket.co.uk/news/16356864.spaceport-deal-signed-with-virgin-orbit/

    I presume a lot of this has been brought on by Brexit, as we seem to be loosing contracts with partners in Europe.

    Potentially these could be up and running within a few years but would not be surprised if there are some locals that may not be over keen on the idea of rockets launching in their back yards so we well see if there are any delays.
     
  2. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

    Location:
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    https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/f...t-by-plans-for-multi-million-pound-spaceport/

    Well, surprise surprise... The people planning this seem to have forgotten to get the locals onboard and they are split on whether it's a good idea or not. Which could involve court cases, long delays or it to not happen.

    Sounds like a typical English farkup
     
  3. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

    Location:
    UK