The UK finally joins the space race this summer 70 years after the programme, Cornwall will launch two shoebox-sized satellites outfitted with the latest MOD equipment, and ‘cubesats’ will be launched into space on a rocket called LauncherOne, which will be self-launched from a jumbo jet from Spaceport Cornwall, part of Newquay Airport.
And according to the British newspaper, “Daily Mail”, it will provide high-tech imaging sensors once deployed, allowing the Ministry of Defense (MoD) to monitor the Earth and its oceans, and the so-called “Prometheus-2” mission of the Ministry of Defense will enhance “defensive capabilities” and pave the way for “A more connected space communication system”.
Spaceport Cornwall is one of three spaceports in the UK aiming to begin launching satellites in 2022, 70 years after the British space program was established in 1952.
Space Hub Sutherland in Scotland will host the launch of a 62-foot-high rocket called Prime created by Forres-based space company Orbex.
The eco-friendly Orbex rocket is also designed to be reusable and not leave debris on land, oceans or the atmosphere.
The UK’s third spaceport, SaxaVord Spaceport based in Unst in the Shetland Islands, has announced a partnership with US company Astra to offer launch services to customers sometime this year.
The Cornwall Spaceport is also a horizontal launch site, which means it uses a carrier aircraft, such as a Boeing 747, for launches before deploying the missiles while the plane is in the air.
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