Breakthrough for SaxaVord spaceport recognised in Parliament


News that the SaxaVord Spaceport on Unst in Shetland has received final planning permission has been welcomed in Parliament in an Early Day Motion today. In the motion, Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, highlighted the approval of the spaceport, the upcoming commencement of construction on the site and launches to begin this year, and the potential benefits to the isles and wider UK economy. The motion also notes the further news that SaxaVord now has an additional deal agreed this week with French small launch rocket developer Venture Orbital Systems.

Mr Carmichael said:

“This is an exciting time for our community and I am glad to be able to recognise that in Parliament. With any luck this will now be full steam ahead for the project and the first vertical launches later this year.

“We always have to work harder than most places in the UK to grab economic opportunities and to ensure that we have diverse and well-paid jobs here in the isles. We need to do all we can to attract and retain people here and so securing this long-term investment could be significant.

“Frank Strang from SaxaVord has rightly paid tribute to the support of the local community on Unst – with ongoing collaboration between the spaceport and islanders this development can bring benefits all round for years to come.”


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