Space

UK Rocket Launches from Western Isles ahead of Planned Spaceport Opening

A commercial rocket has launched from the UK ahead of the planned opening of a spaceport. Named ADA, the rocket blasted off from Benbecula Airport in the Western Isles on Thursday. Spaceport 1 joined forces with East Anglian firm Gravitilab Aerospace Services to launch the flight test vehicle, named after Ada Lovelace, the 19th century English mathematician who is considered the world's first computer programmer.

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