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Orbex appoints new chief commercial officer as it prepares for historic first launch of Prime rocket from Spaceport Sutherland

By Caroline McMorran

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Orbex has announced the appointment of John Bone as its new chief commercial officer.

Mr Bone takes up the role as the space company prepares for the historic first launch of its Orbex Prime rocket from Spaceport Sutherland at A'Mhoine, west of Tongue

John Bone has more than 20 years' experience in the space industry.
John Bone has more than 20 years' experience in the space industry.

Orbex is currently overseeing the construction of the £17.3 million rocket launch facility that will be its home spaceport.

The company is developing Orbex Prime, a 19 metre long reusable rocket designed to launch commercial satellites into space.

Mr Bone has more than 20 years' experience in the space industry, including 18 years in senior management positions.

Since 2014 he has played a key role in supporting the growth of the North East Space Industry as chairperson of the North East Space Leadership Group.

As chief commercial officer, Mr Bone will be responsible for driving Orbex's commercial strategy, using his extensive experience and network to develop and maintain key partnerships and expand Orbex's presence in the global marketplace.

Orbex chief executive Marin Coates said: "John's extensive experience and networking credentials in the space industry is exactly what Orbex needs at this crucial stage.

"We are confident that John's leadership will make a significant contribution to our mission to become a leader in the small satellite launch sector."

Mr Bone said: "It is an honour to join Orbex at this exciting time. The progress Orbex has made in developing a sustainable and innovative launch solution is truly impressive.

"I'm looking forward to contributing to the company's success and to the wider growth of the UK's space industry."

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