Students land dream placement with Loanhead space rocket firm Skyrora
Bethany Taylor and David King, who were selected from more than 100 applicants, will be based at Skyrora’s production facility in Loanhead– supporting the company’s aim to help Scotland to become a key player in the UK’s space race programme.
Bethany, a mechanical engineering student at University of Edinburgh, and David, an aerospace engineering student at the University of Sheffield, have joined Skyrora’s technical team - supporting manufacturing, vehicle launches and more testing.
Bethany said: “I am really looking forward to learning about how the business is run and having the chance to work on different projects, using the knowledge that I have learnt at university, on real life projects within Skyrora.”
David added: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the team at Skyrora, who are getting the UK back into space. It will be a great chance to push myself and learn from all the talented individuals who work here.”
The UK space industry now employs close to 42,000 people and generates an income of nearly £15 billion every year. Scotland's space industry is made up of 130 + companies, and it already employs more than 7,500 people.
Skyrora - through a range of important breakthroughs, including successful test launches and pioneering an eco liquid-fuel – has established itself as the UK’s leading private rocket company, supporting the burgeoning small satellite market. It aims to launch its first rocket - the Skyrora XL - from a UK site in 2023.
Dr Jack James Marlow, head of engineering at Skyrora said: “2021 will be another important year for Skyrora as we move towards our first launch – an event that also will be of huge significance to the UK’s space industry ambitions.
“But to achieve our goal – and continue to support the focus on space as a growth sector in both Scotland and the UK – it’s vital we continue to engage with universities to forge and develop the new talent of the future.
“With 100+ applications, Skyrora’s placement programme has seen major interest from all over Europe.”