Discover Space UK is a commercial launch service operator based in Scotland. The company was created to support small scale rocket launch and spaceflight operations from Machrihanish Spaceport and launch sites across the UK.
DSUK is a 50/50 joint venture between UK Launch Services Ltd (UKLSL) a launch service consultancy and system integrator, and Machrihanish Airbase Community Company (MACC) the owner of Machrihanish Airbase. The joint venture company was formed following a number of years of successful collaboration between UKLSL and MACC. The company’s vision is to provide unique space access services outside of traditional orbital launch to complete the UK’s national spaceflight infrastructure. DSUK’s formation allows the realisation of the full potential of spaceflight possibilities at the site and to provide complementary services to those provided by other UK spaceports, particularly inspiring and training a generation of space specialists.
Key priorities for DSUK are to leverage the social and economic benefits of spaceflight to the UK and areas around launch sites, increase uptake of relevant academic study and provide practical skills for the space industry. In addition to establishing and organising the “Mach” series of launch competitions, DSUK also work with university rocketry societies, supporting their ambitions with experienced launch operation.