NORR is leading the design team, comprising Arup Engineers and erz landscape architects, in the development of the UK’s first satellite launch Sutherland Spaceport (formerly known as Space Hub Sutherland) in Scotland. The ambitious plans will see vehicles carrying commercial satellites launched vertically into space for earth observation. NORR is supporting Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) on this unique venture. This £17.5 million project ($21.8 million) achieved a major milestone on June 26, 2020 by gaining planning consent from the Highland Council.
The Spaceport project is exciting, as well as complex and sensitive. The integration of a vertical small satellite launch facility, with associated infrastructure into this rural and naturally significant site, presents many interesting challenges. The flora, fauna and scenery behind the natural significance of the area have been considered as part of the spaceport’s design and construction.
The Sutherland site will include a launch operation and control centre, launch site integration facility, single launch pad, antenna park and associated site infrastructure.
David Oxley, Director of Business Growth with HIE said, “Gaining planning approval from the council is a huge step forward for Space Hub Sutherland. The UK’s space ambitions present a wonderful opportunity for the Highlands and Islands. A vertical launch spaceport is a key piece of the national jigsaw, along with the design and manufacture of satellites and launch vehicles, that will ensure Scotland can derive maximum economic benefits from this growing and exciting sector.”
Funding for Sutherland Spaceport was secured from HIE and the UK Space Agency (UKSA).
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