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.”