Purpose of this change

This proposal is for a Permanent change to the notified airspace design, and the change level is 1. The detailed process requirements are published in Part 1 of CAP 1616.

Spaceport 1 vertical small satellite rocket launch site at Scolpaig, North Uist on the Western Isles, is being developed as an opportunity in support of the UK government’s spaceflight programme, ‘LaunchUK’, which aspires to grow the UK’s global market share of the space sector to 10% by 2030. The site exists beneath Class G airspace but is only a few miles from the MOD, QinetiQ managed Hebrides Range Danger Areas EG D701 complex and EG D704. To provide protection around the Spaceport 1 site and segregate rocket launch activity from other airspace users, there is a requirement for a small segment (or 'fillet') of segregated airspace to be established; this airspace will connect the launch site with the existing Danger Areas. Spaceport 1 will then utilise irreducible spare capacity of the Danger Areas managed by QinetiQ, the latter utilising the Hebrides Range surveillance and communication capabilities to manage the airspace and launch activities. It is expected that the airspace management processes and procedures currently in place could be extended to cover Spaceport 1 activities. The extra ‘fillet’ of airspace required around the Spaceport 1 facility will only be activated for the short periods around rocket launch and even when operating at full capability, it is unlikely the airspace will be activated more than circa three to four times per month.

CAA response to Step 2a

Documents for this proposal (15 documents)

Timeline Review

Step 2a - Timeline Agreement

Date added: 22 February 2022 09:24

Timeline Review Update

Step 2a - Timeline Agreement

Date added: 17 November 2021 16:17

DEFINE Gateway Decision - Stakeholder Notification Letter

Step 2a - Engagement Evidence

Date added: 06 October 2021 15:05

Design Principles & Stakeholder Engagement Report Version 4

Define Gateway - Other

Date added: 04 October 2021 12:58

REVISED Design Principles and Engagement Report

Define Gateway - Engagement Evidence

Date added: 17 September 2021 16:25

Revised Timeline

Define Gateway - Timeline Agreement

Date added: 31 August 2021 06:50

Design Principles Letter 2

Define Gateway - Engagement Evidence

Date added: 19 August 2021 08:11

Define Gateway Outcome

Define Gateway - Gateway Decision

Date added: 12 August 2021 13:42

Design Principles Engagement Letter

Step 1b - Design Principles Engagement Evidence

Date added: 28 July 2021 11:19

Design Principles & Engagement Report

Step 1b - Design Principles

Date added: 28 July 2021 11:16

Revised Timeline

Step 1b - Timeline Agreement

Date added: 12 May 2021 12:44

Assessment Meeting Minutes

Step 1a - Assessment Meeting Agenda

Date added: 30 June 2021 14:17

Formal Assessment Meeting Presentation (Redacted)

Step 1a - Other

Date added: 20 April 2021 12:29

Assessment Meeting Agenda

Step 1a - Assessment Meeting Agenda

Date added: 25 March 2021 07:38

Statement of Need Redacted

Step 1a - Statement of Need

Date added: 18 February 2021 08:11


Potentially Affected Area

This is the area which may be affected by this airspace change depending on its development. This area may change as the proposal is developed.

Step 2a : Develop & Assess

This step has been started

During the Options Development Step, the change sponsor develops one or more design options that address the Statement of Need and align with the defined design principles.

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