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

It is indeed the RL Electron.

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So for launch from Scotland, I wonder if it is cheaper/easier to use Surrey Space Labs as the sat builder/integrator...

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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?
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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.



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.

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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

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