Crofters in Sutherland have voted in favour of pushing ahead with plans for Scotland’s first rocket base.
Plans to establish the UK’s first spaceport in the north of Scotland have been given initial backing by crofters on the proposed land.
Crofters could earn £70,000-a-year to lease land for the UK’s first planned spaceport – and may receive bonuses from rocket launch fees.
A bitter row over the multi-million-pound spaceport planned for Sutherland has split a rural crofting community.
Hopes of an early lift off for Scotland’s new spaceport - bringing a jobs boost for the North in its trail - appear to have been grounded.
Public consultations have begun on the £17m project at Melness in Sutherland with a planning application expected to be lodged next year.
Plans for UK’s first spaceport in Sutherland take off – with landowners to benefit from at least 1% of all launch fees
Plans for the UK’s first spaceport in Sutherland - creating hundreds of jobs - are taking off as proposals for other potential sites in the Highlands and Islands were not ruled out of contention as other bases.
Environmentalists have urged the developers behind the UK’s first planned spaceport to address concerns over the possible toxic fallout from rocket launches.
Lawyers acting on behalf of Melness Crofters Estate are currently locked in negotiations to bring the first spaceport in the UK to the area – with a potential boom to the local economy worth millions.
A Labour frontbencher has claimed that north Sutherland was chosen to host the UK’s first spaceport because it is “close” to Tory seats – despite the nearest being 100-miles away.
Sir Ian Wood has backed the creation of a new space port in the north of Scotland and compared it to the “pioneering” vision behind the discovery of North Sea oil and gas.
Plans to create a "British Cape Canaveral" in the north Highlands could support 400 jobs and help "reverse" population decline in fragile communities.
Scotland has always been at the forefront of scientific advances.
The possibility of having a spaceport located in the Hebrides was discussed when Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy visited Uist yesterday.
A Moray artist inspired by the region's unsuccessful bid to secure the UK's first ever spaceport will showcase her work in Elgin this weekend.
Moray has crashed out of the race to be the base for the UK's first spaceport.
A Scottish council is boldly going into a formal partnership to develop the UK's first spaceport that promises a massive boost of up to 5,000 jobs.
Moray's politicians have vowed not to throw in the towel in the battle to bring the UK's first spaceport to the region.
Councillors yesterday restated their commitment to bringing a spaceport to Moray in the hope that a new government might re-examine the region's case.
Campaigners will seek private funding to bring a spaceport to Moray if the government does not budge on its decision to discount the region from its plans.
Stornoway Airport made the final shortlist for Europe's first spaceport yesterday - only for bosses to rule themselves out of the process hours later.
A former RAF station commander has urged Moray business chiefs to reach for the sky and stake their claim to host the UK's first spaceport.
Moray's bid to become the home of the ambitious spaceport project took a major step forward yesterday.
Moray councillors have given their backing to bring the first ever UK spaceport to Kinloss - claiming it is a clear front runner.
The possibility of a spaceport that would allow Moray to cash in on the £400billion global space market should be pursued as a priority, councillors are being told.
The runway at the former Kinloss air base would have to be extended by about half-a-mile if it wins the race to become the UK's first spaceport.
The two military bases in Moray are battling each other in the race to host the UK's first spaceport.
Kinloss, Lossiemouth and Stornoway have been put forward as possible sites for the UK's first spaceport.
The bid to make Moray home to the UK's first spaceport is poised for lift off within days.