Spaceport in Scotland at A'Mhoine. Robert Zimmerman

Jun 25, 03:10 AM
Image:  Ben Nevis, 1,344 metres, Scotland. Photograph taken from Banavie about 8 km north west. 18:55, 11 July 2005. The summit is beyond and to the left of the apparent highest point, Càrn Dearg North, 1,221 metres, (many Scottish mountains are called Càrn Dearg). Càrn Mòr Dearg, 1,223 metres, is to the left, connected to the Ben by the Càrn Mòr Dearg Arête at the head of Coire Leis (slightly in shadow). The pipelines of the Lochaber hydroelectric scheme are visible lower right.

Robert Zimmerman,, in re: A spaceport in Scotland, with Lockheed Martin and a UK firm.  Funding is not the problem; rather, environmental opposition to anything new.  Tedious, endless permitting process.  Threat to a peat bog; and if soil fell into the ocean it might hurt fish. At stake, 177 jobs.  The spaceport, to be called the Space Hub Sutherland, would be built at A'Mhoine on the Moine Peninsula in the county of Sutherland, a few miles from Scotland's Atlantic coast. This facility would enable vertical rockets to launch small satellites into low Earth polar and sun-synchronous orbits.
       Astra, Vox, Virgin Orbit, Rocket Lab, all are players.