A German rocket maker plans to launch from Unst – a move seen as a further boost for Shetland Space Centre.
HyImpulse Technologies plans to begin engine testing and launching sub-orbital sounding rockets in the isles this year, and launch a maiden orbital flight in 2023.
The company is said to have pioneered environmentally-friendly hybrid fuel technology which will be deployed in all launches.
HyImpulse chief executive Christian Schmierer said: “We have signed letters of intent with several potential customers to take their payloads into orbit.
“It was therefore very important for us to secure a launch pad and site ahead of time and to start with our mission planning.
“Shetland Space Centre allows us to offer frequent, reliable access to space with a great variety of efficient flight routes.”
Chief executive of Shetland Space Centre Frank Strang said: “We are truly international in our outlook.”