Virgin eyes Scottish RAF base for Galactic take off

VIRGIN GALACTIC, the commercial space flight project from Richard Branson, is seeking government support to launch flights from Scotland.<br /><br />The group&rsquo;s president, Will Whitehorn, has been in talks with science minister Lord Drayson about opening an operation at RAFLossiemouth in Moray.<br /><br />Virgin says there is great potential for launching into polar orbit from Scotland, but the 1986 Outer Space Act prevents it from operating there.<br /><br />&ldquo;There&rsquo;s an industrial revolution going on in the space industry at the moment,&rdquo; Whitehorn said. <br /><br />&ldquo;We&rsquo;re really entering into a new era in space. But the outdated Outer Space Act is really hampering the progress that can be made in the industry,&rdquo;he added.<br /><br />He also said Lord Drayson was very keen to see an expansion in the British space industry, which employs 50,000 people in the UK and &ldquo;has great potential for exports&rdquo;.<br />