Edinburgh-based Skyrora, a launch services provider dedicated to delivering small satellites into orbit, announced on Thursday that it has successfully completed the static fire test of the second stage of its flagship Skyrora XL orbital rocket.
Matt Archer, Director of Commercial Spaceflight at the UK Space Agency, says, “It’s exciting to see Skyrora complete these static fire engine tests, building on the successful opening of its new production facility in Cumbernauld. As we soar towards the UK’s first commercial space launches, these achievements showcase our growing capabilities and the increasing range of expertise that can make the UK a highly attractive destination for launch activities in Europe.”
Static fire tests, carried out with the rocket secured to the launch pad, are done to make sure the rocket engines are working as intended.
A milestone for Skyrora
“This hugely successful test was a definitive demonstration of our mobility and flexibility. Our Skyrora team went from clean tarmac to a full static fire test in just 2.5 days, bringing all the necessary equipment from our factory in Cumbernauld and test site near Gorebridge,” mentions Skyrora COO Col (USAF, Ret) and former SpaceX VP, Lee Rosen, in a statement