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Las Vegas launch site gains momentum

Plans for a rocket launch site near Las Vegas are reportedly getting closer to the development stage. Las Vegas Spaceport, headed by Robert Lauer, has confirmed it has signed a partnership with O-G Launch, a business headed by Robert Feierbach. The plan is to develop a spaceport covering 240 acres of desert land between Vegas […]

August 29, 2023By Chris Forrester

KKR invests in Augsburg/SaxaVord

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts is investing $33 million (€30m) in Rocket Factory Augsburg (RFA) which is building rockets for launch from Scotland’s SaxaVord spaceport. “The investment will facilitate RFA’s upcoming integrated first stage test and complete the company’s launch pad at SaxaVord Spaceport in Scotland, to eventually bring the RFA ONE microlauncher to the launchpad,” said […]

August 9, 2023By Chris Forrester

Scotland to get third Spaceport

Scotland’s third spaceport is set to be built in the far north of the nation in the Hebrides after Scottish ministers confirmed they would not oppose the plans. The proposed Spaceport 1 project on Scolpaig Farm in North Uist is expected to host its first launch in late 2024 or early 2025. Other launch sites […]

July 30, 2023By Chris Forrester

Orbex expands facilities

UK-based rocket and spaceflight company, Orbex, has extended its footprint by over 30 per cent across its Scottish and Danish design and production facilities in preparation for the launch of its Prime rocket. The company is adding an extra 1,500 square metres of factory and office space to its existing 4,750 square meter estate in […]

July 12, 2023By Chris Forrester

Spaceport resurrects Sea Launch concept

Once upon a time there was Sea Launch, a US/Norway/Russia/Ukraine consortium that used a converted oil-rig plus a support ship, to equatorially launch rockets and their satellites from the sea and using Zenit rockets. Sea Launch operated from 1999 to 2014 and successfully launched 32 rockets, although suffered a total of three complete failures and […]

May 24, 2023

SaxaVord Spaceport gets £139m in funding

Scotland’s SaxaVord Spaceport has secured funding to the tune of £139 million (€159.6m) to complete site development and prepare for multiple rocket launch missions. The cash comes in the form of a bond issue, and was reported to the UK parliament at a meeting on May 17th. The extra cash comes on top of £28 […]

May 23, 2023By Chris Forrester

Orbex begins construction at Sutherland Spaceport

Orbex says that construction has begun at Sutherland Spaceport (formerly known as Space Hub Sutherland) in Scotland, making this the first vertical launch spaceport to be built on the UK mainland. Located on the North coast of Scotland, the spaceport will be the ‘home’ spaceport of Forres-based rocket and launch services company, Orbex, which will […]

May 5, 2023By Chris Forrester

Virgin Orbit wraps launcher failure investigation

Virgin Orbit says it has completed its investigation into the problems of its failed January 9th launch from Spaceport Cornwall. The company said it return to flight later this year. Virgin Orbit is currently progressing through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring. Virgin Orbit says the rocket’s failure was caused by a fuel filter that had […]

April 24, 2023By Chris Forrester

SSC invests in spaceport

Swedish Space Corp (SSC) says it will invest in sustainable social development through a number of initiatives. Among the initiatives is the newly inaugurated Spaceport Esrange where satellites will be launched from 2024, as well as a new membership in the global Exponential Roadmap Initiative with the aim of making SSC sustainable throughout the company’s […]

April 21, 2023By Chris Forrester

Virgin Orbit COO hits out at bosses

Virgin Orbit’s outgoing COO Tony Gingiss had some tough words for his fellow company leaders in a company-wide email obtained by news channel CNBC. The New York NASDAQ index is also suspending the company’s stock listing, effective April 13th. Although Gingiss doesn’t name CEO Dan Hart by name in his memo, or main backer Sir […]

April 11, 2023