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    Default UK Multiple Spaceport Sites



    Four companies awarded grant funding to develop commercial range control services

    The UK Space Agency has confirmed that four organisations have been awarded over £350,000 in grant funding for the development of commercial range control services at multiple spaceport sites across the country.


    Artists impression of proposed spaceport

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    Default Re: UK Multiple Spaceport Sites

    Now we wait for the NIMBY's to pipe up.....

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    I think the artist has confused a airport with a spaceport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldstar View Post
    Now we wait for the NIMBY's to pipe up.....
    It's why all of the sites are in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of nowhere on the coast, and Scotland.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    I think the artist has confused a airport with a spaceport.
    Unless ...

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    Default Re: UK Multiple Spaceport Sites

    Certainly an interesting technology but as we've seen, it takes more than that to create a viable service and a sustainable business.

    Given the launch dynamics, I would expect an optimally located European spaceport to be sited in the Western Mediterranean, not in the UK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GCoyote View Post
    Certainly an interesting technology but as we've seen, it takes more than that to create a viable service and a sustainable business.
    It's worth pointing out that UKSA is one of the few space agencies in the world to actually make a profit. The UK space sector is growing at a rate of 8% annually and 40% of the world's small satellites are made in the UK. A quarter of the world's telecomm satellites are made at Airbus in Stevenage (Hertfordshire, S.E. England). Sounds like a viable and sustainable business to me, let alone a growing one.

    Hare and the tortoise?

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    Given the launch dynamics, I would expect an optimally located European spaceport to be sited in the Western Mediterranean, not in the UK.
    Speaking of launch dynamics, Scotland was chosen as it is good for polar orbit launches apparently. As for Skylon; it should be able to take off, travel into space, re-enter and land anywhere there is a conventional runway. That's the whole idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shorty Barlow View Post
    Unless ...

    Artist conceptions rarely take reality into consideration.
    The fuel needed to get a large aircraft such as that off of the ground and into low earth orbit would be massive and I find it hard to believe it would be cost effective until they figure out some new propulsion system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabby76 View Post
    I find it hard to believe it would be cost effective until they figure out some new propulsion system.
    It's exactly what they've done.

    https://www.reactionengines.co.uk/sabre

    SABRE - Synergetic Air Breathing Rocket Engine - is a new class of engine for propelling both high speed aircraft and spacecraft. SABRE engines are unique in delivering the fuel efficiency of a jet engine with the power and high speed ability of a rocket.

    Unlike jet engines, which are only capable of powering a vehicle up to Mach 3, three times the speed of sound, SABRE engines are capable of Mach 5.4 in air-breathing mode, and Mach 25 in rocket mode for space flight. They are simply going to revolutionise the way we travel around the globe, and into orbit. Like jet engines, SABRE can be scaled in size to provide difference levels of thrust for different applications which is crucial to our success - it's going to enable a whole generation of air and space vehicles.
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    Default Re: UK Multiple Spaceport Sites

    Quote Originally Posted by Shorty Barlow View Post
    It's why all of the sites are in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of nowhere on the coast, and Scotland.
    When it comes to NIMBY's there is no middle of nowhere for them Shorty.
    The UK has no equivalent of Kourou, Baikonur or Cape Canaveral. The first failed booster that drops ANYWHERE on the UK, or heaven forbid on our European neighbors will cause an uproar.
    They might expel us from the EU!!!!!!!
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