Parabolas: Virgin Galactic Chooses Scotland, India to Build Launch Pad for Human Missions

Jumping Off Point for the ‘Final Frontier’
Inverness Courier

“A few weeks ago, a spokesman for Sir Richard Branson’s company Virgin Galactic confirmed that it has chosen Scotland as the venue for a spaceport. In the shortlist of sites, the front runner is Lossiemouth. Kinloss and Machrihanish are also under consideration.

“If these plans come to reality there is a 60 per cent chance that the shores of the Moray Firth will become this country’s portal into space by as early as 2013, only five years away.”

India plans new manned rocket launch pad
Flight International

“The Indian Space Research Organisation plans to build a third launch pad at its Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota island on India’s eastern coast for its proposed 2015 manned flight.”

  • It’s good to see you highlighting space tourism – I think that it will do much good all round, stimulating interest in space exploration and driving forward the development of new technologies.

    And it would be great if a spaceport development can come to Scotland, a country which has over the years produced so many scientists and inventors. A spaceport would be a pointer to the future, inspiring young people with new horizons in science and technology. I think that many people will see Virgin Galactic as an expression of the spirit of exploration and adventure.

    To encourage the Virgin Galactic proposals, a number of people, businesses and organisations in the north have got together to form the Spaceport Scotland support group (, and we hope to send out a strong and positive message about the potential of Lossiemouth and Moray.

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