Lately more and more States are included in the space race. And recently it became known that after more than 10 years of debate, the UK government has decided to build its first spaceport.
The location of the future facility was selected as the County of Sutherland, Peninsula A Mhoine that in Scotland. This place was chosen not accidentally, since it is swampy and sparsely populated area, and the plateau is great for vertical launches of small satellites.
For the construction of a responsible state Agency on the development of Highlands and Islands Enterprise. As stated by the economy Minister of UK, Greg Clark, for the first phase of construction, the state will provide £ 2.5 million. As other sources of funding will continue to be a British company, Orbex, which will spend 5.5 million pounds to build small rockets of a new type. Also invest in the construction of wants Lockheed Martin who is willing to part with 23.5 million pounds for the construction of the spaceport and launch of the first rocket. The total project cost is currently estimated at 50 million pounds.
As for the main kind of activity, from the spaceport will be the launch of small rockets that will be able to orbit small satellites. They will be used for Internet communications, monitoring of weather, navigation and so on. In addition to vertical launch pads, will also be created and runway, which will start a modified commercial aircraft for transporting satellites. The construction of the spaceport in Scotland must be completed in 2020. At the same time and will be the first launch.