Spaceflight company Orbex has opened its headquarters and rocket design plant in Moray, with the promise of up to 150 new jobs for the area.
At tonight’s opening event at the Forres facility, the firm unveiled the first full prototype of the Prime rockets it plans to launch from a proposed spaceport in Sutherland.
Orbex also revealed the identities of customers who have signed up for satellite launches from the site on the A ‘Mhoine peninsula, starting in 2021.
Chief executive Chris Larmour said the firm aimed to hire about 40 staff this year, then grow its workforce up to 150. A small number of workers are expected to be based at the launch site.