Bio-rockets launch satellites into space
On the A’Mhoine peninsula in Sutherland on the north coast of Scotland, the UK Space Agency is currently setting up a site for rocket launches. As soon as 2020, the first transport rockets for satellite systems are due to lift off from there for earth’s orbit.25 Jul. 2018 Tim Stockschläger
Greg Clark , the UK’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, made this announcement in the course of the Farnborough International Air Show . He promised funding of £33.5 million (around €37.5 million) for this purpose; £23.5 million (€26.4 million) of this will go to the aerospace company Lockheed , which is currently hoping for orders for its F-35 stealth fighter from the German army and will probably be sharing the Scottish launch pad with the startup Orbex.
Orbex itself stayed under the radar for a long time and has only recently gone public, when the company attracted a total of around £30 million (€33.6 million) in capital. The financial backers include the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency, the Horizon 2020 program of the EU, Sunstone Technology Ventures and the German High-Tech Gründerfonds . In fact, Orbex also has branches in Denmark and Germany. The aerospace company is starting out with a compact satellite launcher rocket, which is not only reusable but, according to Orbex, is also 30% lighter than comparable solutions and uses bio-propane as fuel.
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