Britain will finally be launching space rockets from its own soil by the of this year instead of sending them up from other countries, it is hoped.
Tests are now being prepared at a brand new 'state-of-the-art' facility in Midlothian, Scotland by private space company Skyora, who have promised that full missions will be taking place in a site further north in Kinross by the end of 2022.
The firm recently showed off its plans for the 22.7 metres (74 foot) Skyora XL rocket, which they claim will cut carbon emissions in half compared to conventional rocket engines by running on kerosene.
The launch, pencilled in for the fourth quarter of this year, would mark a historic milestone as the first ever from within the United Kingdom.
Their test of the Skylark L rocket in May 2020 was the first of its kind on British soil in half a century.
In October, Skyora told Sky News: "We have made no secret of our ambition to be the first company to launch from British soil"
"The UK is a world leader in space technology, and this latest move brings us another crucial step closer to offering a significant space service from our own soil."
The government said last year that they intended to make the UK a "space superpower", and hailed Skyora's ambitions as "unlocking a new era in commercial spaceflight" for all four nations.
The promising developments comes as many European countries, including the UK, begin to re-evaluate their space launch options, after Russia began to ban nations from its 'enemy list' using their spaceports in response to international sanctions.
Confirming reports that British satellite firm OneWeb was now being stopped from any further launches in their country, Russian space agency boss Dmitry Rogozin said this week: "Let them fly on something else, their broomsticks."
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