Unst ..we have a bid

Re­mote isle to join space race

Daily Record - - NEWS - CHAR­LIE GALL c.gall@dai­lyrecord.co.uk

THE most northerly in­hab­ited is­land in Scot­land is hop­ing to join the space race.

Shet­land Space Cen­tre have been formed to help launch Unst’s bid – af­ter the UK Space Agency iden­ti­fied the for­mer RAF radar sta­tion at Saxa Vord on the is­land as an “ideal lo­ca­tion” for satel­lite launches.

Com­pany di­rec­tor Frank Strang said there is “tremen­dous po­ten­tial” for Unst to be­come part of the UK’s £13.7bil­lion space in­dus­try.

Leg­is­la­tion on space flight that’s go­ing through Par­lia­ment could al­low ver­ti­cal launches of satel­lites from the UK for the first time.

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