Lift off for Scotland's first satellite-carrying rocket
Company plans to create 170 jobs to build rockets ahead of first launch in 2021.
The first satellite-carrying rocket to be built in the UK for launch in Scotland has been unveiled in Moray.
Orbex says it will create almost 170 jobs as it manufactures the rockets to carry commercial satellites from a launch site in Sutherland.
The company is working in tandem with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.
The first rocket is due to launch in 2021, putting Scotland firmly on the map in the global space technology race.
"We are humbled by the trust that SSTL has shown in Orbex," said Chris Larmour, chief executive of Orbex.
"To have the world's leading small satellite manufacturer supporting us at this stage of our development is not only a boost to Orbex, but for the UK space industry as a whole.
"SSTL has shown great leadership in the UK satellite industry for decades, and now they are leading the way again in this strong show of support for a UK-based launch provider."