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Space / SaxaVord team could play a role in supporting future space travel for Europe

The SaxaVord Spaceport vertical launch site taking shape at Lamba Ness in Unst. Photo: SaxaVord Spaceport

THE SAXAVORD Spaceport in Unst will be at the “centre” of space travel for Europe in decades to come, according to its team.

In a new education strategy, under a section called ‘what does 2050 look like?’, the SaxaVord team said: “As a champion for space for all, SaxaVord will be the premier facility for providing young persons opportunities to travel to live, work and play in space.”

But a spokesperson for the company clarified that no human spaceflight is on the cards at the spaceport, which is set to host satellite launches.

Meanwhile the reference to living, working and playing in space relates to the industry itself rather than orbital space.

The spaceport said the links to space travel is alluded to through a Scottish NASA initiative which is also mentioned in the education strategy.

The report also says that by the year 2050, space travel will become a regular occurrence for many people.

It continues by saying that “humans may have established a permanent presence on the Moon and a research base on Mars”.

The spaceport is due to host the UK’s first vertical satellite launch next year.

The UK Pathfinder launch will be carried out by aerospace heavyweight Lockheed Martin and ABL Systems.

A number of other vertical launch clients are also onboard.

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