Iceland itself only had a permit procedure in place for launches as of earlier this year, when officials from Skyrora met with the Icelandic government, organized by Icelandic firm Space Iceland. “I am very happy that Iceland has allowed us to launch from their country,” Volodymyr Levykin, CEO of Skyrora, said in the statement. “The Icelandic launch has allowed us to test our avionics and communications on a smaller and more cost-effective vehicle.
And by 2023 the company hopes to launch its much larger Skyrora XL rocket, capable of reaching orbit. “The launch of Skylark Micro was to test onboard electronics and communications that will also be used in the larger Skylark-L and Skyrora XL launch vehicles,” the company said in a statement.
Following a string of successes, Scottish launch startup Skyrora has reached its biggest milestone yet with the flight of a larger, more advanced rocket from Iceland – ahead of a planned first launch to space in 2021.
Since then there have also been several amateur rocket launches, most recently in 2014, to more modest altitudes of a few kilometers. “It’s a really big step because now we can issues rocket-launching licenses,” Thor Fanndal, director of Space Iceland, told the Icelandic news network RUV. “The goal, of course, is space launches.
Ultimately Skyrora hopes to launch a larger rocket known as the Skylark-L on a short suborbital hop into space next year.