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4 September 2019

Public invited to share views on satellite launch site proposals

Plans to create a spaceport that will launch communications satellites into orbit from the Moine peninsula in Sutherland are set to be unveiled for discussion at public meetings over the next two months. Read full story


31 July 2019

Lease option agreed for Space Hub Sutherland
The owners of land earmarked for the Space Hub Sutherland development on the Moine Peninsula have agreed a lease option with developer, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).  Read full story


21 June 2019

Studies will assess environmental impacts of Space Hub Sutherland

Preparatory work is getting under way to agree the scope of environmental impact studies that should be carried out in relation to the site of a proposed space centre in Sutherland. Read full story


28 March 2019
Contract awarded to design Sutherland spaceport
HIE has appointed architectural firm, NORR Consultants, to lead on producing designs for the facility to be submitted for planning consent later this year. Along with sub-contractors Arup Engineers and ERZ landscape architects, the architects will work alongside the project management team. Read full story


8 February 2019
Moray spaceflight Centre Welcomed
The arrival in Moray of spaceflight company, Orbex, which is expected to bring more than 130 jobs to the region, has been welcomed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). Read full story


26 January 2019
BBC Radio 4:  Open Country
Ian Marchant visits a remote boggy wilderness in Sutherland, on the north coast of Scotland which could become the UK’s first spaceport. Read full story


9 November 2018
Crofters vote in favour of working with HIE on plans for UK's first Spaceport
Plans to establish the UK’s first spaceport in north-west Sutherland have taken a major step forward. Read full story


16 July 2018
One giant leap: Vertical launch spaceport to bring UK into new space age
Release issued by UK Space Agency: The UK is set to build on its world leading expertise in aerospace with the development of vertical and horizontal spaceports. Read full story


16 July 2018
Funding for UK's first spaceport in Sutherland
Plans to launch micro satellites into space from the northern Highlands of Scotland have taken a major step forward with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) announcing further funding to develop the space sector. Read full story


29 January 2016
HIE study will examine possible space role for Sutherland
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has commissioned a study to determine whether an area of north Sutherland might in future make a suitable location to launch satellites into Earth orbit. Read full story


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