Rock­ets get UK take-off

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A SCOT­TISH is­land has been iden­ti­fied as an “ideal lo­ca­tion” for satel­lite launches.

Shet­land Space Cen­tre has al­ready had some in­ter­est from com­mer­cial com­pa­nies and the mil­i­tary.

The firm was cre­ated af­ter a re­port by the UK Space Agency sin­gled out Saxa Vord on the is­land of Unst as the pre­ferred site. Rules dic­tate that space­craft do not fly over “pop­u­lated ar­eas” and the north of Unst would give satel­lite launch­ers a clear, un­ob­structed route.

Shet­land Space Cen­tre di­rec­tor Frank Strang said: “From our dis­cus­sions with ex­perts, it is clear that the for­mer Min­istry of De­fence ae­rial farm north would be ideal for satel­lite launches.”

SITE: Saxa Vord

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