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Public to have chance of giving their view on Shetland space centre plans

Proposed Space Centre in Shetland.
Proposed Space Centre in Shetland.

The countdown for a spaceport to launch small rockets from Shetland has begun.

Plans have been put forward for Shetland Space Centre (SSC) for a vertical launch pad complex in Unst, with a view to opening next year.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to comment on SSC plans during a series of exhibitions at Saxa Vord Resort on the island of Unst between May 5-7.

SSC chief executive Frank Strang said: “After a three-year battle to win recognition for Unst’s position as a prime location for launching small vertical rockets into space, we are now in a position to go to the public with our proposals.

“We have been delighted with the tremendous support we have locally and within the industry.

“This is a hugely exciting time for myself and the SSC team. Together with all our partners, we stand ready to deliver a whole new branch of the space industry for Unst, Shetland, Scotland and the UK.”

As part of the plans, SSC is seeking permission to build a vertical launch spaceport, including a launch pad complex, mobile tracking stations and assembly/integration hangar buildings.

These would come with associated security fencing, access and servicing at Lamba Ness.

It also intends to create launch control and range control centres at the Saxa Vord Resort complex and to construct a section of access road just north of the former RAF base.

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