Air Launch Company Sets Up in Glasgow

Orbital Access DC-10 air launch system. (Credit: Orbital Access)
Orbital Access DC-10 air launch system. (Credit: Orbital Access)

A space plane design and operating startup has set up operations at Glasgow Prestwick Airport in Scotland.

Orbital Access Ltd has been established by Stuart McIntyre, grandson of David McIntyre, the founder of Scottish Aviation, and is backed by Scottish Enterprise….

Mr McIntyre said: “While a spaceport in the UK is a key piece of required infrastructure it will be of marginal value if we do not also have the industrial and technical launch systems in the UK capable of exploiting it.”

“The industrial, economic and employment dividend from the spaceport cannot be realised if all we do is host occasional US designed, built and operated systems. We have an aerospace and space industry with an enormous legacy of capability.”

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