atynews.com – The UK is reportedly about to build its first space airport. The remote flat land on the north coast of Scotland seems to be the place to be.
Quoted from local media, Tuesday (17/07/2018), The facility will reportedly be built by the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) with funds 2.5 Million Pounds Sterling.
In addition, HIE is also reported to be building a partnership with Lockheed Martin from the US to speed up its builders.
The initial target given by the HIE is the fastest launch it will do in 2020.
HIE Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Charlotte Wright said that choosing his company to build the first space airport was great news for them.
“The decision to support Britain’s first space airport at Sutherland is great news for our region and for Scotland as a whole,” he said.
In addition, the International Space Sector is judged to still reap huge profits in terms of the economy.
“The international space sector is growing and we want to make sure the region is ready to drink the economic benefits that will result from this fantastic opportunity.”
The British government has had an idea for a space airport a decade ago and is improving the rules that can make it happen. In the country there has been a small satellite manufacturing sector. Allowing consumers to launch spacecraft locally will drive the industry.