UK spaceport bid launched by Campbeltown Airport
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May 5 2015
Led by Discover Space UK the bid team cite inherent advantages of a Campbeltown bid, notably a 3,000ft long runway, low population density and community ownership.
Campbeltown is amongst five locations to be shortlisted for the launch pad, going head-to head with Prestwick, Stornoway, Newquay and Llanbedr to land the out of this world prize.
MACC chairman and Discover Space UK director Tom Miller, said: “Machrihanish has a long-history with space flight, going back to the launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle in 1981.
“Machrihanish was an emergency landing site for the shuttle in Europe, with our 3,049m runway long enough to welcome the shuttle and get it airborne again aboard a Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.
“Then in 2009, the last time the UK looked at establishing a spaceport, Virgin Galactic said Machrihanish was one of its preferred sites for the UK spaceport.”
The UK government aims to have an operational spaceport by 2018.
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