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The development of a spaceport in Scotland would provide enormous opportunities for the whole of the country. Please let us know what you think by leaving a message below.

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Scotland we have lift off!!
Good luck Scotland, this is exciting news. It should definitely go ahead! Time for the UK to wake up and catch up with the world.
Posted by Neil on 05 February 2009
equator
All spaceports are as close to the equator as possible to maximise the earth's rotational speed at this latitude. This reduces the fuel required and therefore the cost of the launch. It will never be cost effective for a commercial operation to base itself in Scotland so orbital launches are out of the question. Sorry to burst your bubble.
Posted by on 31 December 2008
Equatorial sites are only useful when launching ballistics. Air launching doesn't take advantage of the Earth's rotation. You could air launch from the poles if you wanted. Sorry to burst your bubble.
Posted by Alan on 03 February 2010
The previous comment is correct, but the bigger mistake is your confusing tangential velocity with gravitational acceleration. Since the spacecraft is inertial with the earth, it means nothing fuel wise to launch from the equator rather than the pole. You still have the same g, and grad(U) = mg.
Posted by Adam Bruce ( on 19 February 2012
Yes, you do need more propellant (air-launched or otherwise) to launch Northwards into a polar orbit than to launch Eastwards at the equator.
But polar orbits (in particular one orbit called a sun-synchronous orbit) are where a lot of the money is. Scotland is ideally suited to launch into these polar orbits.
Rick N, Aspirespace
Posted by Rick Newlands on 12 April 2012
Spaceport Scotland
This is the future you’re building on and there could be no better place than this part of royal Scotland to start with.
As the coat of arms of Elgin already predicted:

“Sic itur ad astra”.

And this a project always worth working on. And one of the most interesting in the 21st century.
Posted by Andy Gheorghiu on 19 September 2008
spaceport talk
Thanks Mr de Vries for excellent and inspiring talk in Achiltibuie Hall about potential spaceport in Lossie area and indeed the future of space travel. Bring it on!Come back and speak to the children at the local school!
Posted by Lesley Muir on 07 November 2007
Getting off the ground
Well done, Maarten. An excellent lift-off.

I do like the heading graphics and the early comments are excellent too.
Posted by Bill Graham on 14 September 2007
Thank you Bill, I hope the site will generate loads of interesting debate. Looking forward in any case!
Posted by Maarten de Vries on 16 September 2007