Prestwick Spaceport has revealed plans to become Europe’s leading space hub, as it steps up operational efforts and launches partner discussions.
The proposed spaceport has already secured a multi-million-pound funding boost through the Ayrshire Growth Deal.
It is now working on the creation of a space supply-chain network, with the coming weeks expected to bring confirmation of its first partnership with a launch provider, with the first commercial rocket launches planned to take place from autumn 2023.
Due to come into operation in 2023, the spaceport is now home to BAE Systems, GE Aviation, Spirit AeroSystems, Woodward and Collins Aerospace. It is anticipated that the investment will create more than 4000 new jobs.
Alongside the Spaceport, the growth deal funding will back a purpose-built, multi-occupancy Aerospace and Space Innovation Centre to allow the manufacture of new flight products, vertical and horizontal launch platforms, satellite payloads and other research and development.