Scotland to get own spaceport

Brian G Turner

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The BBC reports that Highlands & Islands Enterprise is expected to confirm a site in the far north of Scotland will become the UK's first spaceport: Sutherland expected to host spaceport

The A'Mhoine peninsula in Sutherland would be used for vertical rocket and satellite launches.

The site between Tongue and Durness is believed to be the best in the UK for vertical launches into orbit.

Sutherland was in competition with other sites, including Prestwick in Ayrshire, Unst in Shetland and Newquay airport in Cornwall.
It's still a shame that Lossiemouth remains off the list, especially with big transport improvements coming to the road and rail network here.

Still, maybe one day. :)

In the meantime, the location HIE are expected to announce is pretty remote - here's an image of where it is on the map, with a question mark left at Lossiemouth - just in case. :)

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And there's me thinking the closer to the equator, the more energy you could pull out of the Earth's rotation, so the easier and more energy efficient the transfer can be.
 

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And there's me thinking the closer to the equator, the more energy you could pull out of the Earth's rotation, so the easier and more energy efficient the transfer can be.
I believe they are saying that with modern systems getting more efficient and lighter it's not as important any longer. Must admit I immediately thought the same thing.

What strikes me is that the road access to that area is appalling and simply could not take any significant increase, especially of significant large lorry loads and there are no railway lines or airports anywhere near. The only way I could see this as being practical would be to plan on using sea access for all significant construction and rocket materials.
 

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What strikes me is that the road access to that area is appalling and simply could not take any significant increase, especially of significant large lorry loads and there are no railway lines or airports anywhere near. The only way I could see this as being practical would be to plan on using sea access for all significant construction and rocket materials.
I noticed that as well - at least with Lossiemouth there was the possibility of a newly dualled A9 and A96 by the time any spaceport opened.
 

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