Spaceport moves closer to launch as plans drawn up

Small rockets would be launched from Shetland Space Centre under the proposals.

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Plans for a spaceport to launch small rockets from Shetland have been put forward.

Shetland Space Centre (SSC) wants to build a vertical launch pad complex in Unst, with a view to opening next year.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to comment on SSC plans during a series of exhibitions on the island of Unst in May.

SSC chief executive Frank Strang said: “After a three-year battle to win recognition for Unst’s position as a prime location for launching small vertical rockets into space, we are now in a position to go to the public with our proposals.

“We have been delighted with the tremendous support we have locally and within the industry.

“This is a hugely exciting time for myself and the SSC team. Together with all our partners, we stand ready to deliver a whole new branch of the space industry for Unst, Shetland, Scotland and the UK.”

As part of the plans, SSC is seeking permission to build a vertical launch spaceport, including a launch pad complex, mobile tracking stations and assembly/integration hangar buildings.

These would come with associated security fencing, access and servicing at Lamba Ness.

It also intends to create launch control and range control centres at the Saxa Vord Resort complex and to construct a section of access road just north of the former RAF base.

The company’s formal proposal of application notice, which has been submitted to the local authority, will be followed by a full planning submission in June.

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