Britain’s space start-ups are rocketing up

Britain’s space start-ups are rocketing up

Gravitilab workers prepare an Ada rocket for launch from the Outer Hebrides

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A rocket named after computing pioneer Ada Lovelace shot into the sky from Scolpaig Farm in the Outer Hebrides last August. It was the first launch from Spaceport 1, one of a handful of new commercial space launch sites in Britain. Ada was created by four-year-old East Anglian start-up Gravitilab Aerospace Services. Its co-founder and CEO, Rob Adlard, is excited for the future. “This is barely the beginning,” he said. “There is all kinds of innovation going on.”

The UK space sector is booming. It has grown more than 60 per cent since 2010 and now turns over around £16.5 billion a year. Britain comes in third behind only the US and China in terms of its number of entrepreneurial “New Space” start-ups: agile

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