Orbex unveils rocket designed for low-cost orbital launch services

Orbex unveils rocket designed for low-cost orbital launch services

The first full-scale prototype of a rocket designed for low-cost orbital launch services from Space Hub Sutherland has made its public debut The Engineer – Orbex unveils rocket designed for low-cost orbital launch services.

Developed by Orbex, the Prime rocket is said to represent a new generation of European launch vehicles designed to provide dedicated launch services to a new category of very small satellites.

Prime has been fully integrated onto a launch pad, allowing Orbex to enter a period of integrated testing involving rehearsals of rocket launches and the development and optimisation of launch procedures. Orbex recently revealed their first test launch platform at a new test facility in Kinloss, near to the company’s headquarters at Forres in Moray, Scotland.

In a statement, Ian Annett, deputy CEO of the UK Space Agency said: “We are on the cusp of an historic moment, with Orbex playing a leading role in generating a brand new launch capability in the UK, while creating opportunities for people and businesses across the country. I can’t wait to see Prime lift off from Space Hub Sutherland.”