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New milestone reached in UK Spaceport development

26 Jan 2017  

Leading UK Space science and technology firms QinetiQ and Telespazio VEGA UK have agreed Memorandum’s of Understanding (MoU) to work with Discover Space UK on investigating the potential for a horizontal launch spaceport at the Campbeltown site on the West Coast of Scotland. The agreements follow discussions and site visits arranged by Discover Space UK to promote the former RAF...


 

Benefits of Machrihanish Spaceport in Parliament

09 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...


 

Spaceport Plans promoted at Argyll Enterprise Week

09 Jan 2017  

DSUK’s plans for the UK’s first spaceport at Machrihanish Airbase were on show at the launch event of Argyll Enterprise Week. The event run by Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Business Gateway was a showcase for Argyll’s diverse economy.


 

Machrihanish in ‘pole position’ to become UK’s first spaceport

20 May 2016  

--- Discover Space UK ready for take-off after licensing decision ---A decision by the UK Government to introduce licensing to establish the country’s first spaceport has put Machrihanish’s bid in pole position.The Department for Transport (DfT) has today written to the bidders to inform them of their decision to end the process and move towards a licensing model, which will set out a...


 

Spaceport work continues

22 Feb 2016  

Argyll and Bute Council and the Machrihanish Airbase Community Company (MACC), working together under the title Discover Space UK, continue to go boldly towards outer space.The lead consultant for Discover Space UK last week attended the Royal Aeronautical Society’s space group conference in London to state the case of Machrihanish as the leading site to a wide range of influential people...


 

MP backs MACC

04 Feb 2016  

Argyll and Bute MP Brendan O’Hara has this morning (3rd Feb) reiterated his continuing support for MACC’s bid to host the UK Spaceport in Campbeltown.Commenting on the bid Mr O’Hara said “Space is a big industry in the UK and reaches beyond our vision of astronauts and spaceships. The market for satellites is big business and could be a massive boost to our local economy...


 

Project Blast Off visits Discover Space UK

30 Nov 2015  

Pupils from Carradale and Drumlemble Primary Schools visited MACC as part of their ‘Blast Off’ curriculum topic to find out more about Campbeltown’s bid to become the UK’s first Spaceport and launch some rockets! After learning about the first moon landing and the different types of rockets that had been used in the Apollo missions the pupils designed, tested and...


 

Spaceport plans heard at UK-Canada Colloquium

24 Nov 2015  

Plans for the UK’s first spaceport in Campbeltown were heard by members of the 2015 UK-Canada Colloquium, held in Glasgow. The colloquium heard from Discover Space UK on the economic opportunities and obstacles that the UK Spaceport is expected to bring. The presentation was well received by the audience and was followed up by an impressive visit to Clydespace and Spire satellite...


 

MACC hosts launch of AITC rocket

26 Oct 2015  

As one of 5 shortlisted sites to become the UK’s first spaceport MACC business park were delighted to host the launch of the Argyll and the Isles Tourism Co-operative (AITC) tourism rocket yesterday with a little help from Primary 1-7 pupils from Drumlemble Primary School. The ‘rocket’, is the culmination of months of work by the region’s tourism body, and is the local...


 

Consortium to steer spaceport bid

13 Aug 2015  

Argyll and Bute prepare for the final frontierAhead of the next stage of bidding to become the UK’s first Spaceport, Argyll and Bute Council has entered a formal partnership with Machrihanish Airbase Community Company (MACC). The newly formed consortium will be led by MACC subsidiary company, Discover Space UK, which was launched earlier this year.Making the announcement during a visit to...


 

New MP impressed by space port plans

25 Jun 2015  

We were joined on site recently by new MP for Argyll and Bute, Brendan O’Hara. As it was Mr O’Hara’s first visit, he was treated to a full site tour alongside Michael Russell MSP. Needless to say, he was very impressed by what he saw and was and was interested to hear all about our UK Spaceport bid.MACC Chairman, Tom Millar and Business Manager, Malcolm McMillan gave him a full briefing on the...


 

Discover Space UK - Ready for launch

30 Apr 2015  

Welcome to our brand new, out-of-this-world website!All the team at Machrihanish Airbase are excited to finally reveal our new website and officially launch Discover Space UK.Read all about our runway and location and why it is the number one choice for the first UK Spaceport. Stay up-to-date with the latest developments as the bid progresses in the ’News’ section and visit the...


 

The time is coming for Cape Campbeltown

29 Apr 2015  

MSP Michael Russell champions the Machrihanish bid in public debate Speaking during a debate on the spaceport site at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 28th April, Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell argued that Campbeltown was the best choice for the spaceport. He said: “It has been approved twice for space flight, once by NASA and once by Virgin Galactic, so it does have an advantage...


 

Campbeltown remains on Space Port shortlist

04 Mar 2015  

Down to the last five sites being considered by the UK government.Argyll and Bute could become the UK’s launch-pad to the final frontier with our site down to the last five permanent locations being considered to host the country’s first ever spaceport. Campbeltown Airport has a compelling case with the longest runway in Scotland, a 1,000 acre site with ample development space,...