Lift off: UK’s first vertical-launch spaceport plans unveiled

June 2019

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North Uist residents are set to get a taste of the space race after plans were unveiled to create the UK’s first vertical-launch commercial spaceport on the Outer Hebridean island, creating up to 70 jobs.

The local government council is investing around £1m to purchase the land where the launch facility will be constructed.

From there, rockets will be launched vertically, offering low-cost, safe and efficient access to sun synchronous and polar orbits. [Read more]

Source: STV News

Why is Scotland a prime rocket launch site?

June 2019

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It has been almost a year since it was announced that Scotland could host the very first UK spaceport – and interest is far from waning.

By the end of the year, plans could be submitted to build a facility at the A’Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland.

But Scotland has a number of regions which look attractive to aerospace companies for development.

A consortium has revealed plans to build the UK’s first vertical launch site at Scolpaig, North Uist, following months of investigations.

Shetland has also been earmarked as a desirable location. [Read more] 

Source: BBC News

Western Isles in race to open UK’s first spaceport

June 2019

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The project led by the Western Isles local authority – Comhairle nan Eilean Siar – is separate to bids to build ports in Sutherland and in Shetland.

It has been proposed the Western Isles’ Spaceport 1 be located at Scolpaig on the north-west coast of North Uist.

The Comhairle said up to 70 jobs could be created at the site which would be used for small satellite launches.

Test launches could be carried out later this year. [Read more] 

Source: BBC News 

 

SpaceUP 2019 in Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology

May 2019

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Commercial Space Technologies Ltd. participated SpaceUp unconference held in Skoltech, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology on 18th of May 2019. Moscow, Russia. Alexey Loktionov gave a talk on ‘An introduction to launch brokerage’.

 

The Seventh International Scientific and Technical Conference VNIIEM “Actual problems of creating space systems for remote sensing of the Earth”

May 2019

Commercial Space Technologies Ltd. took part in the Seventh International Scientific and Technical Conference “Actual problems of creating space systems for remote sensing of the Earth” on May 13, 2019. Venue: Congress Center JSC TGK Izmailovo Gamma Delta, Moscow. The conference was organized by VNIIEM Corporation JSC and Roskosmos State Corporation.

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Successful launch of Soyuz-2.1a from Vostochny

December 2018

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The Soyuz-2.1a successfully launched from cosmodrome Vostochny at the designated time and the separated Fregat Upper Stage injected two Russian Kanopus-V spacecraft and 26 small satellites into their target orbits.
CST would like to congratulate its partners at ‘VNIIEM Corporation’ JC and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) for the successful separation of their joint manufactured Kanopus-V spacecraft, the primary payload onboard, for which CST supplied project management and in orbit commissioning services between the Russian and UK development teams.

XVII conference on Space

December 2018

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CST participated in the XVII conference on Space Biology and Aerospace Medicine with International Participation dedicated to the 100th Birthday of Academician O.G. Gazenko. 10-12 December 2018. Russian Academy of Sciences. Moscow, Russia

CST presents at 69th IAC in Bremen, Germany

October 2018

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Alan Webb, director of CST, gave a presentation to the 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), 1-5 October 2018, Bremen, Germany. The subject of presentation: The market potential of a small UK launcher