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Computers inside the proposed space hub in Sutherland

Space Hub Sutherland

Supporting the UK's Space industry in Sutherland.

Take a look at our flyover video to see how the Space Hub will take shape.


Exciting plans are taking shape to launch satellites into space from the Scottish Highlands.

In July 2018, the UK Space Agency (UKSA) announced that it was backing our ambitious proposals to develop a vertical launch site at The Moine, Sutherland.

Our board has approved in principle £17.3m to support the project, now called Space Hub Sutherland (SHS). This includes the UKSA’s £2.5m and £9.8m from HIE itself. The remaining £5m is being sought from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

Conditions attached to the Board’s approval include the need to identify and deliver local community benefits.


The launch site is expected to create around 61 highly skilled jobs in Caithness and Sutherland. At a regional level, we estimate this figure will multiply to 250 jobs, with launch activities making Caithness and Sutherland the hub of a significant new space sector.

We’re aiming to achieve the first launch of satellites from Sutherland in the early 2020s. Over time, the number of launches is expected to grow to a maximum of 12 a year.

Space Hub Sutherland was granted planning approval, with conditions, by the Highland Council in August 2020. 

We are focused on ensuring that the project is developed in ways that respect the natural environment, and with safety as our top priority. As well as delivering positive economic impacts including jobs, training and supply chain opportunities, it will be vital that Space Hub Sutherland generates community benefits. 

As our plans progress, we’ll share information on this page and through social media channels, so please look out for updates.


This is a high profile, complex and innovative project that we expect to generate many social and economic benefits for different parts of the region, including around 250 new well-paid skilled jobs.
Roy Kirk, Project Director, HIE

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Fasten your seatbelts for a virtual journey through Space Hub Sutherland.

Our plans

Our planning application for Space Hub Sutherland was approved in August 2020. The plans and public comments are on the Highland Council website. You can also view a summary of our environmental impact assessment below.

See our planning application

Environmental Impact Assessment 

Take the virtual tour

Have a look at our video on the left to watch a virtual fly-through of Space Hub Sutherland from our designers, Norr Architects. 



Get the answers to all of the questions you have about our Space Hub Sutherland project.

Space Hub FAQs

Roy Kirk in front of a satellite video wall

Keep up to date

You can keep up to date with our progress by subscribing to our quarterly Space Hub Sutherland newsletter.

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Find out more about how the project has been developing in our past newsletter issues below. 

Issue 13 - December 2021

Issue 12 - September 2021

Issue 11 - June 2021

Issue 10 - March 2021

Issue 9 - December 2020

Issue 8 - September 2020

Issue 7 - June 2020

Issue 6 - March 2020

Issue 5 - December 2019

Issue 4 - September 2019

Issue 3 - June 2019

Issue 2 - March 2019

Issue 1 - December 2018

Don't forget to follow us on twitter or if you need to speak to a member of the team, find our contact details below. 

Key contacts

Space Hub Sutherland general enquiries

For general enquiries about Space Hub Sutherland, please email us at 

Roy Kirk - Project Director

Roy was appointed as Project Director for Space Hub Sutherland in 2018. Prior to that he was HIE's Area Manager for Caithness and Sutherland since 2008, responsible for delivering growth in local businesses, developing sectoral growth, strengthening communities and regional development.

Contact Roy

David Howie - Programme Head

David joined the Space Hub Sutherland team as Programme Head in February 2018 to oversee programme. Previously he was the Regional Head of Innovation and Technology after joining us from the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service where he led a team of manufacturing practitioners delivering around 60 projects a year with businesses across the north of Scotland.

Contact David

Pete Guthrie - Senior Programme Manager

Pete has worked with us since 2013 and has extensive experience of working on a wide range of community development projects as the Head of Strengthening Communities. This work included the roll-out of superfast broadband to many thousands of remote and rural households. He joined the Space Hub Sutherland project team in 2018.

Contact Pete

June Love - Stakeholder Relations and Communications

June has worked with us on a secondment basis from Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (DSRL) since 2014, initially to support inward investment activities identified through the Caithness and North Sutherland Regeneration Partnership. In 2018 her secondment role was changed to support the delivery of stakeholder engagement for the Space Hub Sutherland project.

Contact June


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