From our Swindon Correspondent:
From the BBC
Highland Council officials have recommended councillors give planning permission for a space port.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) wants to build the satellite launch site on peatland on the Moine Peninsula near Tongue.
HIE has said by the year 2024 the space port would support 177 jobs across Scotland – 139 in the Highlands with more than 40 of these posts in and around the launch site.
HIE has approved up to £17.3m in funding towards designing and building the space hub. HIE would contribute £9.8m, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority £5m and the UK Space Agency £2.5m.
Apart from the £100K/job, does this make sense? I thought it was generally better to launch much closer to the equator, which is why NASA launches are some way into Florida, SpaceX are right on the Mexican border, and the Ariane rockets go off from Reunion, the closest bit of land to the equator that’s part of a European country. Or has something changed about this?
(Editor’s answer: Polar orbits are useful for some purposes)