Skyrora plans to launch green rockets from the UK

UK Space News

It’s been over 50 years since the first and only successful orbital launch conducted by the United Kingdom: the Black Arrow.

Now Skyrora is one of several UK companies preparing to return to the rocket-launching business, but from British soil.

Skyrora’s pioneering XL rockets are manufactured and assembled in Glasgow at the UK’s largest rocket engine manufacturing facility.

Skyrora’s powerful advanced 70kN engine is built using 3D-printed components, using Skyrora’s Skyprint 2 machine.

By using their own on-site technology, Skyrora engines can be manufactured 66% faster, and 20% cheaper than before.

Skyrora’s efforts to provide environmentally friendly spaceflight using their eco-fuel will help establish the UK as the greenest space industry in the world.

Skyrora has received strong support from the UK Space Agency and the ESA in a wide range of areas, including funding.

“It’s impressive to see how innovative British-based companies such as Skyrora are using UK Space Agency funding to develop sector-leading technologies.”

— EDr. Paul Bate, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency

Skyrora will operate commercial launch operations from the brand new SaxaVord Spaceport in the Shetland Isles, Scotland.

“The launch of Black Arrow in 1971 was Britain’s only successful placing of a satellite into orbit. … after half a century, we are back in business and ready to go into space again.”

— Euan Clark, Project Team Lead at Skyrora