KINLOSS and Lossiemouth have been short-listed as potential sites for the first UK spaceport.
The Moray airfields are among eight coastal locations in the running, six of which are in Scotland with one in England and another in Wales.
They are Campbeltown Airport, Glasgow Prestwick Airport, Llanbedr Airport, Newquay Cornwall Airport, Kinloss Barracks, RAF Leuchars, RAF Lossiemouth and Stornorway Airport.
The announcement was made by aviation minister Robert Goodwill at the Farnborough Air Show today.
He said: "In order to lead the way on commercial spaceflight, we will need to establish a spaceport that enables us to operate regular flights.
Mr Goodwill added: "Now we want to work with others to take forward this exciting project and have Britain’s first spaceport up and running by 2018."
For more on this story see this Friday’s Northern Scot newspaper.