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Online DanClemmensen

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Re: SaxaVord Spaceport
« Reply #40 on: 12/22/2023 09:06 pm »
It's hard to see how the Saxavord business plan makes any sense. Would you invest?
I would not have invested into OneWeb - but it did survive, because it was strategically too important to fail. Now let's see what will happen to the most promising spaceport project in the UK ...
Your OneWeb investment would not have survived. They went bankrupt.

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Re: SaxaVord Spaceport
« Reply #41 on: 12/22/2023 11:14 pm »
(With the alternative of Astraius launching via Cornwall to make the UK a spacefaring nation.)
Astraius is actually planning on launching from Prestwick Spaceport near Glasgow, not from Spaceport Cornwall. As European Spaceflight wrote in late 2022, "Spaceport Cornwall is more or less going to be exclusively used by Virgin Orbit with no other operator currently having committed to launching from the facility." Which didn't exactly work out for Spaceport Cornwall given Virgin Orbit's fate.

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Re: SaxaVord Spaceport
« Reply #42 on: 01/03/2024 03:07 pm »

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Re: SaxaVord Spaceport
« Reply #43 on: 01/03/2024 03:09 pm »
(With the alternative of Astraius launching via Cornwall to make the UK a spacefaring nation.)
Astraius is actually planning on launching from Prestwick Spaceport near Glasgow, not from Spaceport Cornwall. As European Spaceflight wrote in late 2022, "Spaceport Cornwall is more or less going to be exclusively used by Virgin Orbit with no other operator currently having committed to launching from the facility." Which didn't exactly work out for Spaceport Cornwall given Virgin Orbit's fate.

There was a MOU with SierraSpace to land Dreamchaser at Cornwall, but I don’t know if is extant.

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Re: SaxaVord Spaceport
« Reply #44 on: 03/07/2024 03:42 pm »
The stakes in SaxaVord are too high for a failure, too many parties need or want it. Including the UK Space Agency, right? This will work out in some way.

And here we go, the government wants to engage in SaxaVord:

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The UK government’s pledge to invest £10 million into the spaceport was made during Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt’s budget speech on 6 March. However, while the funding has been pledged, it hasn’t yet been paid. Minister of State for Science, Research and Innovation Andrew Griffith confirmed on Twitter that the funding was “subject to due diligence.”

https://europeanspaceflight.com/uk-government-pledges-10m-in-funding-to-saxavord/
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Re: SaxaVord Spaceport
« Reply #45 on: 03/09/2024 10:04 pm »
Here in Germany, there are two rocket startups that look well-managed (RFA and HyImpulse) and one that does not (Isar). Exactly the first two chose SaxaVord for orbital launches. That's a relevant hint. I think the people at RFA and HyImpulse have a good insight into the spaceport projects; they are too smart for chosing a dead cat.

- RFA are/were also involved in the madcap GOSA project, the Azores site, Andoya, and the new Diamant pad at Kourou, as well as Shetland. They also test engines at Esrange. Hard to tell which is cat and which is a dog if you adopt all the stray animals.
 
- HyImpulse decided to go to literally the other side of the planet, Australia, to launch the suborbital mission coming up shortly, rather than launch from Saxavord this summer. That´s a relevant hint as well.
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Re: SaxaVord Spaceport
« Reply #46 on: 03/10/2024 07:09 am »
- RFA are/were also involved in the madcap GOSA project, the Azores site, Andoya, and the new Diamant pad at Kourou, as well as Shetland. They also test engines at Esrange. Hard to tell which is cat and which is a dog if you adopt all the stray animals.

It is easy to tell which is the cat and which the dog: All RFA payloads that have been dedicated to a spaceport so far will launch from SaxaVord.

The first ever orbital rockets to launch (directly) from European soil will likely go from SaxaVord. The first RFA launch actually was switched from Andoya to SaxaVord.

(And GOSA btw. is not "madcap" but would be operable soon if not the Green Party in our government was blocking it for environmental reasons.)

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- HyImpulse decided to go to literally the other side of the planet, Australia, to launch the suborbital mission coming up shortly, rather than launch from Saxavord this summer. That´s a relevant hint as well.

They went to Australia, because they want to recover the rocket after launch, which is easier on land than in the sea.
« Last Edit: 03/10/2024 07:58 am by PM3 »
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