Benefits of Machrihanish Spaceport in Parliament

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9th Jan 2017

The benefits of Machrihanish as the site for the Scottish Spaceport discussed in Parliament this week through a motion from David Stewart MSP.

The motion was supported by a number of other MSP’s from throughout Scotland.

The motion asked, ’That the Parliament notes the potential economic benefit to communities around the site that will be selected as the UK’s spaceport; understands that Campbeltown Airport is a shortlisted site that fulfils many of the technical and safety requirements; notes that these include having a 3,000 metre runway, excellent storage facilities for large quantities of fuel and hazardous materials, room to expand over a 1,000 acre site, being situated in an area away from congested airspace, the runway being a safe distance from conurbations, excellent air, road and sea transport links and with close proximity to areas of engineering expertise; believes that this would help to boost tourism in the area and would show clear intent that Scotland is embracing industries of the future that would help to boost Scottish-led innovations in science, technology and the rural economy, and acknowledges what it sees as the strong case being put forward by Discover Space UK for it to be selected as the site for the spaceport.’

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