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Regulatory problems for Saxaford spaceport in Shetland?

In a short statement reported in the local Shetland press, the under-construction Saxaford spaceport in Scotland has apparently laid off some construction workers, claiming it has done so “because the project was so far ahead of schedule.”

The statement however also alluded to the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which must issue a launch license before any launches can occur.

SaxaVord Spaceport said: “SaxaVord continues to have excellent dialogue with the authorities and is fully expecting to receiving its spaceport licence very soon from the Civil Aviation Authority. We are looking forward to hosting vertical rocket launches in the coming months.”

The application for this launch license was submitted in November 2022. It appears that the CAA still needs a year or more to approve any launch license, a slow and endless process that if not corrected will make launches from the United Kingdom completely unprofitable.

Saxaford had hoped to get its first launch off this year, by fall. It now appears that will not happen.

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One comment

  • Jeff Wright

    I would demand the following billboard be mandated at the entrance to the community should this endeavor fail.

    THIS CITY HATES PROGRESS

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