Monday 20 May 2024
 13°C   ESE Light Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Business / Space centre to set up Munich base in bid to target European market

The space centre at Lamba Nessin Unst is expected to create hundreds of jobs in Shetland and further afield. Image: Shetland Space Centre

SHETLAND Space Centre is set to launch an office in Germany in a bid to showcase the project to the European space industry.

Chief executive Frank Strang said the operation will be based in Munich, with a sales office the focal point.

He said it is “important to understand that the space centre is very much an international facility and much of our target market is in Europe, and as such it is very important that we establish a presence in Europe”.

Shetland Space Centre aims to establish satellite launch facilities in Unst, with the planning process underway.

The move to launch a German subsidiary company based in Munich was signed off by the Shetland Space Centre board on Thursday, Strang said.

The state of Bavaria in Germany, which includes Munich, is seen as a growing hub of space activity and this is one region in particular Shetland Space Centre is looking to tap into.

“The German office will act as a sales office to the European space market showcasing Shetland to the industry,” Strang said.

“It will encourage both launch providers and satellite operators to launch and manufacture on Shetland.

“It will allow us to further our relationship with the universities over there such as the Technical University of Munich who are right at the heart of the new space industry producing high quality graduates and space entrepreneurs.”

Strange said the space centre’s competition is “Norway and Sweden, and the rest of Europe is looking for somewhere to launch from and call their own”.

“We intend to send a message and extend an invitation for the European space industry to operate from Shetland.”

Strang said the Munich operation will be run by Robin Huber, who has been “promoting the SSC to industry and the Bavarian Government”.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

 

“The Scottish Government has a long standing concordat with Bavaria and notwithstanding Brexit we envisage developing very strong links with Germany and also France based out of our office in Munich,” he added.

A second round of public consultation on the space centre plans, meanwhile, will be held in October.

It has applied for planning permission to build a vertical launch spaceport, including a launch pad complex, mobile tracking stations and assembly/integration hangar buildings with associated security fencing, access and servicing at Lamba Ness.

It also intends to create a launch and range control centre at Saxa Vord and construct a new section of access road at Northdale, just north of the former RAF base.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.

 

Newsletters

Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.