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Sutherland, on the north coast of Scotland, is set to be the site for the UK’s first spaceport. The project was announced by the UK Space Agency, which is committing £2.5 million of funding towards the development of a vertical launch pad here.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise is leading the project and the aim is to have the first launches from the location as early as the 2020s, the BBC reported.

The government agency is also looking into potential sites for a horizontal launch pad, with Cornwall, Glasgow Prestwick and Snowdonia the locations aiming to develop such facilities. A further grant of £2 million was also announced to further horizontal spaceport development across Britain.

Greg Clark, business secretary, commented: “The UK’s thriving space industry, research community and aerospace supply chain put the UK in a leading position to develop both vertical and horizontal launch sites.”

Secretary of state for Scotland David Mundell added that this project in Sutherland will create hundreds of jobs and boost the region’s economy.

The BBC noted that American aerospace firm Lockheed Martin will be part of a consortium of aerospace experts working closely with Highlands and Islands Enterprise on the project.

According to the news provider, one of the reasons why this development is possible in the UK is because a number of firms in the country have pioneered the launch of small satellites.

Having a spaceport is a big step that would put these businesses at the forefront of the industry because they would be able to offer a full package of services, from the design and build of a satellite to its launch.

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