Scotland’s Spaceflight Industry Showcased in Glasgow by Orbex

20/09/2023
Orbex Prime rocket at Kinloss test stand. Photo courtesy of Orbex

UK-BASED orbital launch services company, Orbex, is set to participate in the UK Space Agency’s ‘Space for Everyone’ event in Glasgow on the 21st and 22nd September. Orbex previously attended the Space for Everyone event in Aberdeen in August, and due to a high level of interest, more dates have been added to the tour.  

Orbex will once again provide visitors with a glimpse into rocket-building and spaceflight, offering a range of activities, educational resources, and insights into the company’s own operations. The Space for Everyone tour will be in Glasgow at George Square from September 21st – 25th.

Devised by the UK Space Agency, ‘Space for Everyone’ is a nationwide tour designed to be a beacon of inspiration, shining a light on the UK’s burgeoning space sector and the variety of career opportunities available. As well as getting up close to a 72ft rocket replica, visitors will have the opportunity to explore various interactive exhibits as they learn about the crucial role spaceflight and satellites play in enhancing life on Earth.

Orbex will take the opportunity to address the high level of interest in the rapidly emerging Scottish spaceflight industry, particularly among younger generations. With a rocket factory in Forres in Moray, and a ‘home’ spaceport currently being constructed in Sutherland on Scotland’s northern coast, Orbex is uniquely poised to help young people in Scotland – and those interested in space sector careers – expand their knowledge and learn more about how they can get involved. 

At the event, Orbex will be offering freebies, activity books for kids, and informational resources about its Prime space rocket –the most environmentally friendly rocket in the world. Attendees will get to see videos showing the Orbex Prime space rocket and the construction of the launch platform at the test site at Kinloss. The launch of Prime is expected to mark the first vertical rocket launch from the UK mainland. Visitors to the event will have had a behind-the-scenes glimpse at what makes Prime special and learn more about a career in the space industry.

“Our commitment to the community goes beyond just business. Engaging with young people who will make up the next generation of space industry professionals, is a privilege,” said Martin Coates, CEO of Orbex. “We’re looking forward to showcasing some of the fascinating work underway at Forres and Sutherland and provide a glimpse into Scotland’s pioneering role in the future of global spaceflight. At our last Space for Everyone event, we gave out 1,250 activity books to kids and adults. So, let’s see if we can beat that in Glasgow!”

Matt Archer, Director of Launch at the UK Space Agency, said: “We’re delighted to bring our Space for Everyone tour to Glasgow so young people and their families can learn not just about space, but also about the vibrant space sector and the exciting career opportunities available in the field.

“The space sector is diverse and requires people from all backgrounds and with a variety of skills – many not traditionally associated with it. The tour proves you don’t have to be a rocket scientist, or even an astronaut, as there are a host of talents needed to bring space closer to our daily lives and improve our understanding of this critical part of the environment for the benefit of the planet and its people.”

More information about the event can be found at: https://spaceperson.co.uk/rocket-tour/space-for-everyone-glasgow/.

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