Shetland Space Centre Ltd was formed in 2017 by Frank Strang, owner with his wife Debbie of the Saxa Vord Resort, formerly RAF Saxa Vord, and expert accommodation and logistics company Shetland FM, which operates the Sella Ness facility adjacent to the Sullom Voe Oil Terminal.

Five people are employed full-time on the project working towards securing planning permission for the satellite launch facility, including Mr Strang’s business colleague Scott Hammond, a former RAF fighter pilot.

The company is working closely with the local community and Shetland Islands Council to ensure minimum impact and maximum benefit from what will be a major new sector of the local economy.