Satellite competition set to rocket back to MACC

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Next year will see the return of student rocket launches to Machrihanish Airbase.

After a successful event this summer, Mach-22 Launch Competition will take place from June 22 to 26 next year from Machrihanish Airbase Community Company (MACC) Business Park.

This will be the second event in a series of student competitions supporting the site as a UK spaceport location.

The event earlier this year, Mach-21 CanSat Competition and Space Skills Conference, saw 11 university teams from across the UK visit the site to successfully launch and retrieve small satellites – called CanSats – within the dimensions of a soft drinks’ can.

Last week marked the opening of registrations for UK university students to take part in the next edition of the competition, Mach-22, where they will design and build not only a CanSat, but also a rocket to launch from the site.

This unique event, organised as a collaboration between Discover Space UK, UK Launch Services Limited, MACC and UK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, is designed to build students’ engineering skills and introduce them to careers in the UK space sector.

Mach-22 is looking forward to inviting the community to join them all on site on the launch day to see the rockets fly – Covid-19 restrictions permitting.

Further opportunities arising next year include a mission patch design competition for Scottish primary schools, where the winning design will launch on a real rocket during the event, and a public lecture in Campbeltown.

Visit to keep up-to-date with event information.