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Scotland’s space


In addition to an established expertise in aerospace, Scotland has also developed a growing presence in the space sector, playing significant roles in UK Space Agency, NASA and European Space Agency projects such as UKube-1 and the James Webb Space Telescope, as well as supplying international satellite markets. For example, Clyde Space develops

‘CubeSats’ – high-quality, high-performance systems for very small spacecraft and has already built up a 30-40 per cent share of the global CubeSat market. It is aiming to expand its CubeSat capabilities with UKube1, a 5kg satellite being developed and built in Glasgow in partnership with Strathclyde University for the UK Space Agency. STAR-Dundee, a spin out from the

University of Dundee’s Space Technology Centre, specialises in a range of support equipment and services for users of the SpaceWire on-board satellite data handling system. The SpaceWire system is in use on many European Space Agency, NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency spacecraft and by research organisations and the space industry across the world.

Artists impression of James Webb telescope


John Logie Baird invents television.


Sir Herbert Gresley’s Mallard sets the (unbroken) world speed record for a steam engine at 126 mph.

2002 The innovative and iconic Falkirk

Wheel opens, connecting canals between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

2005 Clyde Space started as a small

satellite power subsystem supplier and quickly developed into one of the main CubeSat vendors in the world.



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