Space Firm Announces Rocket Test Plans

Published: 31 August 2018

A Scottish space company has selected a location for the first liquid-fuel rocket engine tests by a British launch vehicle to take place in the UK for 50 years.

Edinburgh-based Skyrora has chosen Cornwall Airport in Newquay as the site for its inaugural engine testing programme as it builds towards an orbital launch.

Our goal is to become a reliable and trusted UK launch operator, offering cost-effective, responsive launch capabilities from the North of Scotland.

Daniel Smith, Director of Business Development, Skyrora


The engine test will be significant in that it will become the first of its type by a British small-satellite launcher to take place in the UK since Black Arrow in the 1960s - a rocket that went on to conduct the first and only successful British orbital launch. 

The Skyrora XL vehicle is on track to become the first British rocket to launch into orbit – and draws parallels with the original UK orbital rocket, Black Arrow, through its use of kerosene and hydrogen peroxide as a fuel source...

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