Rockets For The UK’s First Spaceport to Be Built in Scotland
Rocket technology developer Orbex has secured a site in Moray to build rockets for the UK’s first vertical launch spaceport.
Rockets to be launched from the UK’s first spaceport, which will be located in the A’Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland, are to be built in Moray at the Forres Enterprise Park.
Private space company Orbex has started a recruitment drive to hire the necessary talent required to build the rockets.
The company is currently seeking six specialised engineers in disciplines including avionics, propulsion, and composite structures.
Previously, Orbex has said that roughly 250 new direct and indirect jobs will be created as a result of its plans to launch small rockets capable of carrying satellites into orbit from the proposed spaceport.
MSP Richard Lochhead has welcomed the company’s decision to locate in Moray, saying it will be a “huge boost to the local economy”. The Forres Enterprise Park will officially open next month at an event attended by Graham Turnock, head of the UK Space Agency.
Lochhead said: “This exciting new venture will bring high value, hi-tech jobs to Forres, which is a huge boost to the local economy and something I very much welcome.
“Moray and the Highlands are ideally positioned for the development of satellite and space-related industries and there are big opportunities for expansion locally in this area going forward.”
In July, the company announced it had been awarded £30 million of public and private funding to develop orbital space launch systems. Currently, the company is developing its Prime rocket, which it says will send small satellites to altitudes of almost 800 miles.
Following the announcement, Orbex chief executive Chris Larmour said: “We’re planning to launch our vehicles into orbit from Scotland, so building up a new production facility to support that activity locally makes complete sense.
“We’ve identified an excellent launch site on the north coast of Scotland and have been working with various regional and national agencies to make detailed proposals for development.”