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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Going into orbit

News that Scotland will host the UK’s first spaceport is great for our stellar satellite industry

In the midst of a confusing and worrying week for the ongoing Brexit negotiations, the announcement that we’ll be tackling the final frontier provided a welcome morale boost for our space sector.

Okay, so we’re not exactly launching the Starship Enterprise or sending a mission to Mars. But the UK is taking a giant leap for domestic industry by investing in a spaceport to send satellites into orbit.

The A’Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland will be the site of a facility that will launch rockets carrying satellites, with the first launches anticipated during the 2020s. The UK Space Agency has given the Highlands and Islands Enterprise £2.5million to develop the site, as part of a £33.5million package of grants to develop the UK’s launch capability.

Business Secretary Greg Clark described the UK as one of the world’s best countries for the research, development, manufacturing and application of satellites. So, the ability to send up satellites from our own shores is bound to inspire a whole new generation of brilliant innovation ideas.

Are you working on ways to improve the design or capabilities of satellites? Are there areas where satellites could be put to better or broader use? Perhaps you’re developing new rocket technology to push the boundaries of the UK’s existing space capability?

If you’re doing something exciting in satellite or space technology or engineering, give our team a call on 0800 772 0800 and share your story with us. We might even be able to help you claim R&D tax credits for your innovative work – then the sky really will be the limit.

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