ABINGDON, England (Reaction Engines PR) — At the UK Space Conference, Science Minister Chris Skidmore and UK Space Agency confirmed a further £1.3 million towards developing spaceport plans in England, Scotland and Wales as part of the government’s spaceflight programme, LaunchUK.
The funding will be shared between three sites around the country and Reaction Engines will play a key role supporting the assessment undertaken by the owners of Machrihanish Airbase company behind one of these sites; the Machrihanish Airbase Community Company (MACC).
Reaction Engines will assist MACC and project consultants to explore the feasibility of using the Campbeltown Airport site in Argyll, Scotland, for future SABRE technology flight test operations. The study will also assess the potential for down-range landing support operations to future operational SABRE vehicles.
The project will run from now until the end of March 2020. The outputs of the project will provide a feasibility assessment for the use of the spaceport for a range of spaceflight related activities. The project’s long-term aim is to encourage the development of a spaceport cluster centred on an aerodrome which has the longest runway in Scotland.
About Machrihanish Airbase Community Company
Machrihanish Airbase Community Company (MACC) purchased Machrihanish Airbase, a former military aerodrome to transform into thriving community-owned business park. It has over 1,000 acres of unique properties and assets available to let. Situated near Campbeltown on the Kintyre
peninsula on the West coast of Scotland, the site is home to the longest runway in Scotland at 3049m as well as 220 buildings over 1000 acres including tenants such as HIAL, operators of Campbeltown Airport, and CS Wind Ltd the UK’s only manufacturer of onshore and offshore wind turbine towers. MACC is the parent company of Discover Space UK, an arm’s length organisation tasked with delivering space related activities on the site.