Scotland’s space industry contributes more than £130 million to the economy and over the last two years, Glasgow has built more satellites than any other city in Europe.
Companies based in Glasgow, such as Alba Orbital and Clyde Space, are leading Europe’s effort to compete with the US in the small satellite market with the latter producing an average of 6 flight-ready CubeSats each month.
Strathclyde University is home to one of Europe’s largest space engineering research groups and is working with Glasgow City Council to help grow Scotland’s first Innovation District.
In 2017, the UK Space Agency announced it would provide £50,000 in incubation funding to support Strathclyde’s Scottish Centre for Satellite Applications (SoXSA) and the Council in bringing young and growing companies in the space sector, to The Tontine in the heart of the Innovation District.
The strong links between the University, the space sector and government have fostered an environment where disruptive space technologies and satellite applications are being created – benefitting a wide range of sectors, companies and the economy as a whole.