Machrihanish airbase has joined the four other candidates for Scotland’s first spaceport in an alliance to represent the common interests of the UK spaceport community.
The Spaceports Alliance aims to facilitate rapid progress in national infrastructure for and international promotion of the country’s space launch capabilities. Along with Prestwick Spaceport, Machrihanish offers plane-based, horizontal launches, while Shetland Space Centre Space Hub Sutherland, and Spaceport 1, Western Isles plan vertical rocket launches
John Innes of the Scottish Space Leadership Council said: ‘The international race to build launch capability ahead of other global competitors is very much underway. The Spaceports Alliance will facilitate an inclusive, collaborative approach in order to navigate the sector through the challenges and opportunities posed by the prospect of UK launch in the very near future.’
The forging of the alliance comes a few weeks after a Raptor Aerospace Kestrel-100LD rocket was successfully launched from Machrihanish airbase, the first ever rocket launch from the site and a milestone in the development of spaceflight activity at Machrihanish.