Published: Friday, 18 July 2014 09:09
Hermit’s farewell to rock
Rockall hermit Nick Hancock is to leave the rock in the North Atlantic early, but having already broken the record for occupancy on the tiny outcrop of the United Kingdom. Nick aimed to spend 60 days alone on the rock, but has now dismantled his wind turbine power source, ready to leave the rock on Saturday. Supporters Kilda Cruises say expected favourable weather conditions mean Saturday will be a good day to leave the rock. Ye...sterday Nick broke the 42-day overall occupation record, set by members of Greenpeace in 1997. He celebrated achieving the record by popping a bottle of champagne.
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Published: Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:30
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