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Shetland Space Centre

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About Shetland Space Centre

The Shetland Space Centre is a satellite launch site in Unst, Shetland, the UK's most northerly island. SSC plans to build and operate the satellite launch site in Unst once completed.

Headquarters Location

Saxa Vord Resort Haroldswick Unst

Scotland, ZE2 9TJ,

United Kingdom

44 1479872030

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Views sought on Shetland spaceport plan

Nov 10, 2022

Views sought on Shetland spaceport plan An environmental assessment must be signed off by the Civil Aviation Authority Group 28 Sign up to FREE email alerts from businessInsider - Business Newsletter sent Mon to Fri, twice each day with a full week's round up every Sat Invalid emailSomething went wrong, please try again later. Sign Up We use your sign-up to provide content in the ways you've consented to and improve our understanding of you. This means that we may include adverts from us and third parties based on our knowledge of you. We also may change the frequency you receive our emails from us in order to keep you up to date and give you the best relevant information possible. As always you can unsubscribe at any time. More info Group 28 A n environmental assessment of the planned SaxaVord spaceport in Shetland has been put out for consultation. To carry out spaceflight activity in the UK, launch operators must be licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority and have "adequately considered any potential environmental effects of their intended activities", as well as taking steps to avoid, mitigate or offset the risks and their potential effects. SaxaVord's site is located on the Lamba Ness Peninsula, in the northeast of Unst. Shetland Space Centre is proposing up to 30 launches per year over the next 30 years, comprising both orbital and sub-orbital launches. While no licence is yet in place, work is already underway at the Lamba Ness launch site. Earlier this week, the SaxaVord team completed the initial concrete launch stool. The proposed location of the spaceport on Lamba Ness (Image: AECOM) Shetland Islands Council granted planning permission in February, with Lockheed Martin and Skyrora among the companies looking at launching satellites, as early as next year. One of the environmental considerations is for no launches or tests between mid-May and the end of June to avoid disturbing breeding birds. U nst's 135 bird species include red-throated divers, merlins, puffins and Arctic terns. Shetland Space Centre chief executive Frank Strang commented: “It is in our DNA at SaxaVord to take our obligations to the environment very seriously, underlined by the fact that to the best of my knowledge we are the only spaceport in Scotland that employs a full-time sustainability officer. “Through the CAA’s consultation we will welcome constructive comments on how to improve the mitigation of our environmental impacts.” The consultation closes for submissions on 8 December.

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Shetland Space Centre Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was Shetland Space Centre founded?

    Shetland Space Centre was founded in 2017.

  • What is Shetland Space Centre's latest funding round?

    Shetland Space Centre's latest funding round is Unattributed VC.

  • How much did Shetland Space Centre raise?

    Shetland Space Centre raised a total of $2.61M.

  • Who are the investors of Shetland Space Centre?

    Investors of Shetland Space Centre include Wild Ventures.

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