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Could Scotland house European spaceport?

10 January 2014 Last updated at 07:09 GMT

The north of Scotland is being considered as a possible base for a European spaceport.

Supporters say the base could be used by companies taking tourists into space, as well as to launch satellites.

Space tourism is moving closer to becoming a reality, with Virgin Galactic's maiden flight due to depart from New Mexico in a matter of weeks.

John Maguire reports.