Lift-off in Shetland Islands for UK's first vertical spaceport

SaxaVord Spaceport aims to begin rocket launches next summer

Saxavord spaceport
SaxaVord is one of three UK launch sites vying to become Europe's leading space hub
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A former RAF base on the remote Shetland island of Unst has become Western Europe's first licensed spaceport capable of launching rockets vertically.  

The SaxaVord Spaceport, located on the northernmost island of the Shetland archipelago, has received a licence from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to begin launching rockets from next year.

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