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 Post subject: Orbex rocket debut'
PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:59 pm 
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Space launch company Orbex has announced its Prime rocket, that will be launched from the Sunderland spaceport.
The rocket, made of a lightweight carbon fibre/aluminium composite, will send small satellites into orbit. Propulsion will be provided by a 3D printed engine, the biggest of its type yet built, and the rocket fuel is clean-burning biopropane that cuts carbon emissions.
The maiden flight of the Prime rocket from Scotland will be in 2021, to deliver an experimental payload for small satellite manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.
Graham Turnock, chief executive of the UK Space Agency, said that the Orbex rocket design facility in Forres, Moray, "firmly positions the UK as Europe's front-runner for those looking to Earth orbit and beyond for new opportunities".

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 Post subject: Re: Orbex rocket debut'
PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:28 am 
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"...that will be launched from the Sunderland spaceport. "

I think you mean the A'Mhoine peninsula in Sutherland (not Sunderland)

Don't feel too badly about this, after all anyone can makem mistake.


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 Post subject: Re: Orbex rocket debut'
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:17 pm 
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I worked and lived in Sunderland for several years, so I wondered where they would put a spaceport.
It seemed an odd choice.
Maybe at the old shipyards.

So thanks for the correction.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:05 pm 
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Thanks Stella for pointing that out.

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"UK competes for estimated 2,000 satellite launches by 2030. In July the government announced four sites for potential space ports: a vertical space port in Sunderland, and horizontal launch sites in Cornwall, Glasgow Prestwick and Snowdonia"

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https://www.businessinnovationmag.co.uk ... s-by-2030/

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 Post subject: Re: Orbex rocket debut'
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:38 pm 
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Sutherland sounds more likely than Sunderland, which is a heavily built up area.
But I don't know.

How big are these rockets?

Perhaps they will get launched from under the North Sea outside Sunderland harbour, where I once tried water skiing. Wish I hadn't.

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The Orbex rocket is 17 metres ( 55 feet ) long. The numerous satellite launches that are taking place internationally, seem to be making a mockery of the "space junk" problem.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:26 pm 
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Thanks, Brian.
The V2s are listed as 14m long.
Interesting.

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Black Arrow was 13 metres long.

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