Published: Thursday, 17 July 2014 07:30
Stornoway airport is one of eight locations proposed for the location of a future British Spaceport – a launch pad for space exploration and travel. A UK government announcement at the Farnborough Airshow this week placed Stornoway as one of the six possible Scottish locations for the new facility, after the Civil Aviation Authority recommended using ...an existing airfield for such a development, rather than creating a completely new facility. Robert Goodwill MP, making the announcement, said: “We’re at the dawn of nothing less than a second space revolution. We need more launches, and that’s going to change the economics of space. We want the UK to be at the forefront of the next stage of spaceflight. Our plan is for Britain to have a fully functional, operating spaceport by 2018.” He said the conditions needed for a new spaceport were somewhere with as favourable weather conditions as possible, no consistent crosswinds, and the space to build a runway 3,000 metres long. Based on those criteria Stornoway, along with RAF Leuchars and Lossiemouth, Kinloss Barracks and Campbeltown Airport were among the sites offering the best potential.
Read more: Local News for Thursday 17th July 2014
Published: Wednesday, 16 July 2014 07:30
HebCelt kicks off
The 19th Hebridean Celtic Festival starts today in Stornoway, with the first concerts in the town – and the beginning of Isles FM’s radio coverage. The first family concert is this morning at 11am at Martin’s Memorial Hall, and the first Gaelic Language Taster at An Lanntair at 11.30am. This evening An Lanntair holds the sell-out opening concert by The Lochies, followed by a ceilidh dance with Portrona. Meanwhile over at Breasclete Community Hall there’s the first community concert with Breabach.
Read more: Local News for Wednesday 16th July 2014