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Title: Lockheed Martin proposing launcher for 150kg from Scotland
Post by: ringsider on 07/10/2017 07:11 am
Lockheed Martin consortium backs a site in Sutherland as Britain’s first base for launching rockets into orbit

A remote peninsula on Scotland’s north coast could be the launchpad for Britain’s space ambitions after plans emerged for a rocket base in Sutherland.

A consortium that includes Lockheed Martin, the US aerospace firm, believes that the A’Mhoine peninsula, between Dounreay and Cape Wrath, is the best location in Britain for a facility from which satellites can be cata- pulted into orbit on the back of 20m rockets.
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"Up to eight rocket launches could be made a year, with each capable of carrying a 150kg payload*. This could include many as 12 small cube satellites that could be dropped into a 575-mile orbit above Earth.

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* Which rocket would this be if not Rocket Lab Electron, in which LM has an equity stake?

Athena I / II has a bigger payload.
Title: Re: Lockheed Martin proposing launcher for 150kg from Scotland
Post by: AnalogMan on 07/10/2017 09:41 am
Links:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/highlands-give-scotland-a-boost-into-the-space-race-0knxnrrm9 (https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/highlands-give-scotland-a-boost-into-the-space-race-0knxnrrm9)

http://www.scotsman.com/regions/inverness-highlands-islands/remote-highland-peninsula-earmarked-for-satellite-launchpad-1-4498984 (http://www.scotsman.com/regions/inverness-highlands-islands/remote-highland-peninsula-earmarked-for-satellite-launchpad-1-4498984)

(you will need a subscription for the Times article, or sign up for limited free article access)
Title: Re: Lockheed Martin proposing launcher for 150kg from Scotland
Post by: Lars-J on 07/10/2017 06:57 pm
Which rocket would this be if not Rocket Lab Electron, in which LM has an equity stake?

It is indeed the RL Electron.
Title: Re: Lockheed Martin proposing launcher for 150kg from Scotland
Post by: Asteroza on 07/12/2017 12:01 am
So for launch from Scotland, I wonder if it is cheaper/easier to use Surrey Space Labs as the sat builder/integrator...
Title: Re: Lockheed Martin proposing launcher for 150kg from Scotland
Post by: AncientU on 08/10/2017 12:48 pm
Lockheed Martin consortium backs a site in Sutherland as Britainís first base for launching rockets into orbit

A remote peninsula on Scotlandís north coast could be the launchpad for Britainís space ambitions after plans emerged for a rocket base in Sutherland.

A consortium that includes Lockheed Martin, the US aerospace firm, believes that the AíMhoine peninsula, between Dounreay and Cape Wrath, is the best location in Britain for a facility from which satellites can be cata- pulted into orbit on the back of 20m rockets.
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"Up to eight rocket launches could be made a year, with each capable of carrying a 150kg payload*. This could include many as 12 small cube satellites that could be dropped into a 575-mile orbit above Earth.

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* Which rocket would this be if not Rocket Lab Electron, in which LM has an equity stake?

Athena I / II has a bigger payload.

Ahtena has been dropped by LM AFAIK.
Would it be worth building a launch facility in a remote region for 1.2t/yr. to orbit?
Title: Re: Lockheed Martin proposing launcher for 150kg from Scotland
Post by: speedevil on 10/11/2017 02:45 pm
Ahtena has been dropped by LM AFAIK.
Would it be worth building a launch facility in a remote region for 1.2t/yr. to orbit?

Looking at the scale of the pad infrastructure in the past launches, it looks doable with a guy with a wheelbarrow and a cement mixer in a couple of days.

(http://www.radionz.co.nz/assets/news/110939/eight_col_rocket_launch.jpg)

You could fairly easily make the erector portable in a small number of standard truck loads,
Or even a completely unimproved site with a portable launcher.

Security might almost be more of a headache than base infrastructure.
Title: Re: Lockheed Martin proposing launcher for 150kg from Scotland
Post by: GraniteHound92 on 03/08/2018 09:04 pm
It rains something like 200 days out of the year in that part of Scotland. That could severely limit launch windows.

https://www.yr.no/place/United_Kingdom/Scotland/Cape_Wrath/statistics.html (https://www.yr.no/place/United_Kingdom/Scotland/Cape_Wrath/statistics.html)