Skyrora continues with its de-risking programme by preparing to launch the Skylark Micro rocket from Iceland later this month. With the first launch window scheduled for 12 August, the two-stage, four-metre tall sub-orbital rocket, is set for take-off from Langanes Penisula, Iceland.
Following the July test for trajectory and hardware on the Skylark Nano, the Icelandic launch of the Skylark Micro will test onboard avionics and communications as well as practice marine recovery operations. Skyrora’s de-risking programme is based on testing its systems with smaller and more cost-effective vehicles before they are used in their larger Skylark L and Skyrora XL rockets. Their low Earth orbital rocket, the Skyrora XL, is scheduled to launch in 2023.
Volodymyr Levykin, chief executive officer from Skyrora said: “Skyrora’s de-risking programme is essential for scaling, learning and education before we launch our two commercial vehicles, Skylark L and Skyrora XL. The entire team is working at a pace and has made great efforts to get another launch underway. I’d also like to express my thanks and gratitude towards Space Iceland and Iceland’s government, which has been tremendously supportive with the preparations for this upcoming launch.”
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Skyrora is a leading European private launch vehicle company. It is headquartered in Edinburgh, with a team of more than 120 personnel in facilities throughout the UK and Europe. The company aims to cater for the growing demand to send commercial satellites into space using a combination of proven technology, advanced manufacturing and detailed knowledge. It is in the process of developing cost-effective launch vehicles that will launch from a UK spaceport by 2023.