MSP Tavish Scott appointed director of Shetland Space Centre

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has been appointed a director of Shetland Space Centre – the company behind plans to build a satellite launch site in Unst.

Mr Scott is one of several directors appointed to the company, according to papers published on Companies House today. His occupation is listed on the paperwork as Member of the Scottish Parliament.

When contacted by The Shetland Times this evening Mr Scott said he wanted to respond in writing with a “straightforward, utterly transparent explanation”. However, he declined to answer questions about the appointment and said he would send a statement.

In his written statement the MSP said: “I am delighted to have been asked to join the board of Shetland Space Centre Ltd. This unremunerated post will allow me to assist with the incredibly exciting potential for Unst and Shetland in developing satellite information and data services and small scale launch facilities in Unst.

“I believe this can be a catalyst for a new industry across Shetland and I plan to assist in its development. My parents own crofting land that may be used for the launch site so this family interest is a further reason for my involvement.”

One element of the Shetland Space Centre plans is to launch satellites into orbit from a yet-to-be developed site at Lamba Ness. It is there that Mr Scott’s family own crofting land.

Businessman Frank Strang is behind the space centre plans. Mr Strang is also a director of Saxa Vord Limited and Shetland FM Limited.

Shetland Islands Council has entered a “memorandum of understanding” with Shetland Space Centre Ltd. This newspaper understands that does not involve a financial commitment from the council but the SIC will play its part in “selling” Shetland as a suitable location for such a project.



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  • Graham Fleming

    • September 20th, 2018 21:37

    Beam us up Scottie!

  • Charles L. Gallagher

    • September 21st, 2018 13:01

    If this project ever gets any further than a pipe dream I hope that no money from the Charitable Trust is ever given. I would also like to nominate Tavish as test payload for the first launch!!!

    Many years ago having watched at Cape Kennedy a Thor/Atlas rocket exploding as it lifted off I trust that the people behind this are fully insured for third party risk from flying debris?

    • Mr ian Tinkler

      • September 22nd, 2018 19:16

      Charles, we at last agree. Now that is one for the books. Let us share a dram when Shetland reaches the Moon.

  • ian tinkler

    • September 21st, 2018 13:28

    I thought we had moved on from sending monkeys into space, obviously not! “Shetland Space Centre”, NASA must be terrified of the new competition!!!! PS are our launch vehicles going to be wind-powered by VE? The Shetland Charitable Trustees and assorted usual directors must feature in this nonsense, I just wonder where the first grants will come from. Surely this is a joke?


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