back to article ESA gives UK space an £8.5m Boost: Rocketeers eye a 2022 launch

Scotland-based rocketeers are set to receive £8.5m in funding under the European Space Agency's (ESA) Boost! initiative. The two contracts, for Orbex (which nabbed £6m) and Skyrora (which picked up the remaining £2.5m) are intended to help the companies develop their launch technologies ahead of a long sought domestic …

  1. NerryTutkins

    "150kg to low earth orbit"

    Manned UK flight should be coming soon. That's almost as much as a single British holidaymaker.

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: "150kg to low earth orbit"

      Aimed at beating a 2023 DLR mission which will put down towels in orbit

      1. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge
        Coat

        Re: "150kg to low earth orbit"

        They've extended the DLR to space? Can I still use my Oyster card?

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: "150kg to low earth orbit"

          DLR = Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt = German NASA

  2. Red Ted Silver badge
    Go

    50 years after the UK developed a space launch system...

    ...we start all over again.

    Well, good luck to them!

  3. Little Mouse Silver badge

    "...and due for a 2022 test flight from a UK spaceport."

    Construction of the Sutherland Spaceport hasn't actually started yet, has it? Hopefully it'll be ready in time.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Sutherland

      I suppose it's only fitting that the appropriate Law [1] is also not currently ready yet...

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      [1] Yes, yes, I know, "regulatory and guidance framework", but the obscure TV show reference only works with "law". Unless someone has a way of making a viscosity remark instead...

  4. Gene Cash Silver badge

    That's a wad 'o bucks!

    So they can buy what... half a spacesuit?

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: That's a wad 'o bucks!

      That's why it's being launched from Scotland - the space kilt is much cheaper.

      Of course a Geordie spacesuit is the simplest of all

      1. John Jennings Silver badge

        Re: That's a wad 'o bucks!

        I used to work in a company developing stock systems to the fashion industry.

        We did a deep dive into the spending habits of our customers customers.

        Onsite in Newcastle on the weekend was the best fun anywhere in the UK.

        Newcastle girls spent a higher percentage of their disposable income on clothes than any other part of the country. Most of that was in cheap Saturday night tat - and as small as they could get.

        Now winter in Newcastle is bitterly cold. Send the them up in ships without a spacesuit, a bit of bling and a few WKDs - they will be fine - hardy ppl!

        1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

          Re: That's a wad 'o bucks!

          >Now winter in Newcastle is bitterly cold.

          Naw, T-shirt weather, man

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