UK set to join space race with nation’s first ground rocket test for 50 years


THE first ground rocket test in the UK for 50 years could put the nation in the space race.

Space technology firm Skyrora tested launch vehicle Skylark-L at Kildermorie Estate, North Scotland, this month.

The UK's first ground rocket test for 50 years could put the nation in the space race
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The UK’s first ground rocket test for 50 years could put the nation in the space race[/caption]

Space technology firm Skyrora tested launch vehicle Skylark-L at Kildermorie Estate, North Scotland
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Space technology firm Skyrora tested launch vehicle Skylark-L at Kildermorie Estate, North Scotland[/caption]

The rocket could be ready to launch from a British spaceport by next spring and the Skyrora XL model by 2023.

Boss Volodymyr Levykin said: “As the launch aspect of the UK’s new space industry starts to emerge, there will be many events that have never happened here previously and this is one of them.

“This was a mammoth effort in very trying circumstances, so it is quite an achievement to be proud of.

“The operation was carried out while having to adhere to very strict social distancing measures, and in an extremely remote location, providing additional challenges, all of which were handled expertly by all the team.

“We see this as being the first significant step towards reaching space from our own soil and are very proud to have taken that step as part of the UK’s space ambitions.

The rocket could be ready to launch from a British spaceport by next spring
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The rocket could be ready to launch from a British spaceport by next spring[/caption]


“We are now in a full state of readiness for launch.

“It is this milestone that is the start of the UK’s new space revolution.

“With the expertise in place and all the necessary hardware at the ready, we are poised to take the next steps in making the UK a serious leader in the space business once again.”

Boss Volodymyr Levykin called the mission a mammoth effort
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Boss Volodymyr Levykin called the mission a ‘mammoth effort’[/caption]



 


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