Virgin Galactic Scottish Spaceport Plan Gets Political Support

Lossiemouth spaceport plan backed by SNP
The Scotsman

“The SNP wants Scotland to be home to the UK’s first commercial spaceport.

Virgin Galactic has already identified RAF Lossiemouth in Moray as a potential launch site, and Angus Robertson, the local MP and the SNP’s Westminster leader, is backing the idea. He wants to meet Lord Drayson, the UK’s science and innovation minister, to push the case for Lossiemouth, and he says he is working to bring together the local community, government and enterprise agencies behind the proposals.

Whitehorn: Virgin Galactic to Fly from Lossiemouth in Scotland by 2014

Speaking in Edinburgh this week, Virgin Galactic chief Will Whitehorn predicted that space flights could begin from his native Scotland within five to six years, The Scotsman reports:

“Mr Whitehorn said space flights from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray in 2013-14 could follow the first Virgin Galactic trips from New Mexico in two years’ time. Test flights from the Mojave Desert on the US west coast begin in two weeks.”

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