Navigational assessment for Shetland Space Centre

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30 Jun 2020
Lamba Ness, Launch Site Aerial inage. Copyright: SSC

The Shetland Space Centre (SSC) plans to build a launch site and ground tracking station on Unst, Shetland Islands, UK. It aims to be fully operational by 2021.

Work by specialist marine consultancy ABPmer’s Maritime team and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, has assessed the safety of the first planned activities - balloon and short-range sounding rocket launches. A navigational risk assessment has considered the potential impact on maritime activities in the operational launch and recovery areas.

The assessment showed that while balloon and rocket launch and recovery activities have the potential to interact with vessel traffic during operations, the risk can be mitigated through a series of active warning, monitoring and recovery measures.

Earlier this year Canadian company, C6 Launch Systems, declared intent for C6 Launch to use the SCC as its primary launch facility.