Scotland chosen as site for first British space port

2018-07-17 14:56
Parts for the European Space Agency-led venture come from Spain, it is built in Britain and will be taken to France for testing ahead of next year's launch. (Glyn Kirk, AFP)

Parts for the European Space Agency-led venture come from Spain, it is built in Britain and will be taken to France for testing ahead of next year's launch. (Glyn Kirk, AFP)

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The UK Space agency said on Sunday that it had chosen a peninsula on Scotland's north coast as the site of the country's first space port.

"Scotland is the best place in the UK to reach in-demand satellite orbits with vertically launched rockets," the agency said in a statement.

According to the head of the agency, Graham Turnock, the new space port will "help kick-start an exciting new era for the UK space industry".

The choice of Sutherland for the new space port confirms Scotland's ambitions in the sector.

According to industry experts, Glasgow is the city, outside of the United States, which produces the most satellites, specialising in small devices which can be used for weather forecasts, like GPS systems.

The UK is seeking to develop its own space industry after its role in European space projects was called into question by Brexit.

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