In the UK, built their first spaceport
Recently, more and more countries involved in the space race. And recently it became known that after more than 10 years of discussions, the UK government has decided to build its first spaceport.
The location of the future facility District Sutherland was chosen Peninsula A'Mhoine, in Scotland. This place was not chosen by chance, as it is swampy and sparsely populated areas, and the dress itself is great for vertical launch small satellites.
For the construction meets state development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise. As stated by Minister of Economy Greg Clark, the first phase of construction of the state will allocate 2, 5 million pounds. As other sources of funding will play a British company Orbex, which will spend 5, 5 million pounds to build small rockets of a new type. Also wants to invest in the construction of Lockheed Martin, which is ready to part with the 23, 5 million pounds for the construction of the spaceport and launch of the first rocket. The total project cost is currently estimated at 50 million pounds. As for the main kind of activity, from the Baikonur launch will be made small rockets that will be able to put into orbit small satellites. They will be used for Internet communications, monitoring weather, navigation and so on. In addition to the vertical launch pad, it will also be established and the airstrip, which will start commercial aircraft modified for transporting satellites. The construction of the spaceport in Scotland should be completed in 2020. At the same time, and the first launch will take place.