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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.

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