Spaceport Sutherland or Space Hub Sutherland plans to launch satellites into space from Sutherland in the Scottish Highlands. It is currently the only planned vertical launch site in the UK. The UK Space Agency (UKSA) backed the plans in July 2018 for which Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) approved £17.3m to support the project.
It is expected that by 2023 around 400 jobs will have been created all working within this significant, new and exciting space sector. Two major launch operators Lockheed Martin and Orbex are understood to have signed documents and it is said that up to six launches will be made each year from the first half of the next decade (2020's). As with any major industry it is anticpated that there will be multiple supply chain opportunities around the new space hub supporting jobs and the wider economy. The project will be regulated and subject to strict planning as well as engaging in public consultation to fully assess and deal with both community and environmental impacts.
HIE Project Lead for Spaceport Sutherland (David Howie)
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