25 October 2017 News

Firm announces plan to launch rockets from Scotland

Pavel Botsula, head of design bureau (Dnipro), with Mikhail Andrievskiy, head of propulsion system department (Dnipro), and Daniel Smith, business development manager (Edinburgh)
Pavel Botsula, head of design bureau (Dnipro), with Mikhail Andrievskiy, head of propulsion system department (Dnipro), and Daniel Smith, business development manager (Edinburgh)

Skyrora, a privately-funded launch vehicle developer with a research and development hub in Ukraine, unveiled its plans for entering the small satellite launch market during the Reinventing Space conference taking place in Glasgow, Scotland, this week.

Edinburgh-based Skyrora, which is currently developing an orbital launch vehicle and has recently started a series of engine test firings, has plans to launch from the UK and follow in the footsteps of Black Arrow through the use of a high-test peroxide (HTP) and Kerosine propellants.

Daniel Smith, business development manager, said: “The use of advanced manufacturing techniques, including 3D printing, access to expertise in Ukraine and our choice of propellant/oxidiser will give us an edge in what is becoming an increasingly competitive market.”

Officially registered as a company in only June of this year, Skyrora says it intends to support the huge demand for future small satellite launches in a cost-effective manner that promotes both industry growth and respect for the environment.

“We will be positioned at the forefront of the international space stage, flying the flag for the UK space sector and maintaining a long-term commitment to the development of the industry,” added Smith.

“Scotland is an ideal place from which to operate. Its launch suitability, strong manufacturing history and the fact that Glasgow, in particular, is a leading city within the European space sector are all positive factors.”

This summer Skyrora began working with a research and development hub in Ukraine and with individuals that have experience on a number of major Ukrainian space projects.

Prior to attending the Rispace conference, Skyrora executives visited the Shetland Islands off the north east coast of Scotland as part of their search for a launch site.

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