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Official launch of Campbeltown’s Discover Space UK bid

    Today Machrihanish Airbase Community Company are officially launching Campbeltown’s Discover Space UK bid to become the UK’s first spaceport – revealing it is the only shortlisted candidate already twice approved for space flight.

    The community-owned airbase in Machrihanish in Kintyre – nicknamed ‘the UK’s Area 51’– is one of five sites shortlisted by the UK Government to become the UK’s first operational spaceport in 2018.

    As the only bidder to exceed the UK Government’s minimum runway length of 3,000m, as well as being over 1,000 acres in size and removed from densely populated areas, the Machrihanish site already has a technical advantage.

    Today the website and campaign videos are launched to support the bid, tapping into their unique heritage and the mysteries surrounding the previous use of Machrihanish Airbase.

    You can visit the website here

    And check out the campaign video