Leuchars is in the running to be Europe's first commercial spaceport.
A self-styled “St Andrews spaceport” could provide the launch pad for a staggering £4 billion boost for the Scottish economy by 2030, it has been claimed.
"Fife Council outlined its bid to see the former RAF base at Leuchars play host to the out-of-this-world facility at a national conference in London, with the Department of Transport expected to confirm the preferred UK location for Europe’s first commercial spaceport in a matter of months."
"Three other Scottish sites – Campbeltown, Prestwick and Stornoway – remain on the Government’s six-strong shortlist, along with Newquay in Cornwall and Llanbedr Airport in Wales, and all six made submissions to the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Spaceport UK conference."
" . . . cash can be generated from launch charges, business incubator units, a meeting and conference centre, a space museum and education centre and merchandising."
" . . . Leuchars is close to St Andrews and Dundee universities, while . . . key industry players BAE, Raytheon and Rolls Royce – three of 744 companies said to be involved in the aerospace, defence and marine sectors in Scotland – are in Fife "
Elegran Fri 05-Feb-16 14:32:44
tiredoldwoman Fri 05-Feb-16 15:22:31
Elegran Fri 05-Feb-16 15:29:02
mcem Fri 05-Feb-16 16:35:45
Elegran Fri 05-Feb-16 17:21:18