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12/05/2022

Ground controllers: How planners are supporting the UK's burgeoning space industry

Words: Huw Morris

In the next few months, a small satellite will be propelled into orbit from the UK for the first time. Huw Morris reports on an embryonic industry that is already a strategic priority – and the planners helping to turn the UK into a place for space

Frank Strang and his team have been on a journey for the past five years. They have faced numerous obstacles but in February their destination was tantalisingly within reach. That destination is out of this world.Shetland Islands Council’s decision to grant planning permission to SaxaVord UK Spaceport, where Strang is chief executive, was “monumental in supporting the UK’s ambitions of becoming........
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