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Glasgow is Europe’s Satellite City

Glasgow has created more satellites in the last two years than any other European city, while Scotland’s space industry continues to grow, contributing £130m to the economy.

These figures were presented at Data Space, an event which took place February 1-2, bringing together industry players from across Europe interested in satellites and the data being collected from them.

It highlighted that although Scotland makes up only 9% of the UK population, it creates 18% of jobs in the UK space industry with almost 7,000 positions, and a lot of this is down to the work completed within Glasgow.

Glasgow-based Clyde Space, Scotland’s first micro-satellite company, quickly dominated the market by providing components for CubeSat, a type of miniaturized satellite for space research made up of multiples of cubic units no more than 1.33 kgs.

The small unit has created a large impact within the industry and Clyde Space were commissioned by the UK Space Agency to build Scotland’s first satellite.

Taking care of the manufacturing side of things is American Firm Spire, which was founded in San Francisco in 2012 but chose to open its European base in Glasgow.

Peter Platzer, CEO of Spire, said: “We have up there about 20 satellites, all exclusively built here in Glasgow.

“We have, I believe another 24 or 36 on the shelf ... that are waiting on their launch slot or sitting on their rocket right now.”



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