UK authorities have been warned that any “procrastination” on regulating the space sector could result in the Highlands and islands missing out on an economic windfall.
UK Space Agency
In the final part of the P&J’s series on the “space race”, Calum Ross finds out if more than one spaceport can be cleared for take-off.
A Scottish Government minister has said its ambition is to have “at least one” spaceport in Scotland – but he warned that Brexit could create “challenges” for the sector.
Top officials have discussed moving the proposed site of the UK’s first spaceport, it can be revealed.
Space wars have erupted in the Highlands amid explosive claims that the region’s development body has been “working against” rocket-launching projects on the islands.
Rocket launches from Sutherland could require safety measures to reduce risks to workers on North Sea oil and gas platforms - and residents of the Faroe Islands.
Rockets to be launched at the UK’s first spaceport, in the northern Highlands, will be built in Moray.
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.
Plans to create a "British Cape Canaveral" in the north Highlands could support 400 jobs and help "reverse" population decline in fragile communities.
The Highlands is to have the first spaceport in the UK - sparking a jobs boom potentially worth £3.8 billion to the economy.