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Private equity biz Leonne International has snapped up 20 per cent of Shetland Space Centre for a hair over £2m, with the cash set to grow the company ahead of launches from the northernmost British isle. The Shetland Space Centre (SSC) plans to build a satellite launch site and ground station at Baltasound Airfield on Unst ( …
Not much use for accessing polar orbits launching from the Sahara though. Not to mention that the difference between an orbit capable rocket and an ICBM is the payload putting a launch facility in the Saharah might not be sensible from a security p.o.v. I can see the US wanting to bomb it back into the sand for eg.
i predict that when we, eventually, launch IndyRef2 Project Fear 2 will threaten to bomb our sat sites just like they threatened to bomb our airfields last time. Promulgating an act of war in another country notwithstanding of course. Add in that iScotland will certainly want anti aircraft weapon systems for our own security and so interdicting our airspace might get met with rapid unplanned disassembly and the pilot ejecting into a hostile housing scheme . . .
>>i predict that when we, eventually, launch IndyRef2 Project Fear 2 will threaten to bomb our sat sites just like they threatened to bomb our airfields last time.
Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, back in March 2012. The former Conservative Lord Advocate and Solicitor General stated that in the event of Scotland becoming independent, then were a hostile power to gain access to the runways at Glasgow and Edinburgh airports, England would have no alternative than to bomb the airports.
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"Yeah... don’t fall for bogus stories. Nissan have flatly denied it"
They have? The nearest I heard was they are considering options and that is one of them.
"If anything they will decamp back to Japan and ship from there with their Free Trade Agreement with the EU... you know the one the UK doesn’t have."
That would be up to them. But I think that hope that brexit will be doom is coming to its end.
Shetland is so windswept there are no trees!
There were - before the Norse got there and cut them all down to build ships. Much like Skye..
Much like Dartmoor - which was heavily forested before the ancesters cut them all down. Very windy places are hard to reforest once all the trees get cut down because the seedlings don't survive (or get blown to places where it's less windy)
Blimey, the number of economic sectors that Britain is going to be conquering just gets bigger every day. I can hardly keep up! I'm just a little concerned that none of these promises come with a date by which they can guarantee that we will be reaping alll these marvellous benefits, as that might indicate that this is all self aggrandising fantasy, rather than a properly worked out plan.
Blue Streak launch vehicle was cancelled in 1972. Feels like 50+ years too late.... though agree Xbina, Japan and India have caught up a lot on the meantime.
Some funding into Reaction Engines (SABRE) feels appropriate as a disrupted in this aerospace segment.
While of course the Sutherland option may happen, I wouldn't hold my breath while HIE (Highlands and Islands Enterprise) is playing HIEASA (HIE Aeronautics and Space Administration). They have just fouled up most majestically their role on the R100 Scottish fibre rollout, leaving themselves open to the lawsuit that now looks to have kicked the fibre rollout into the long grass. *
See? There's the IT angle.
(* - BT, under pressure, told our community at the end of last year that our ancient 20CN exchange would finally be upgraded to something the ISPs can support. No sooner had the lawsuit been announced, and the R100 rollout indefinitely delayed, than they withdrew their commitment. Why spend money to provide a supportable service when the competition just shot itself?)
It sounds like a 1958 film called "Rockets Galore" (showing my age a bit). The plot of the film: A British military commander Hugh Mander (Donald Sinden) arrives in the Hebrides island of Todday to investigate the land for the government's plan to build a rocket launch base there.
You really couldn't make it up!
Of course, back in the 1950's we did have a rocket industry. We used a place in Australia called Woomera which was an Anglo-Australian Project. Construction of Woomera began in after WWII.
"SSC modestly described the yet-to-be-constructed facility as "the UK's only satellite launch site" – although we suspect Space Hub Sutherland and Spaceport Cornwall might have a thing or two to say about that."
To be fair, none of them have launched anything yet, so they can all make that claim if they want, at least until some action happens and one of them can make the claim for real.
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