State of the Nation’s Space Sector

The 31st UKSEDS National Student Space Conference was held in Edinburgh on 2 & 3 March 2019, the first time it had visited Scotland, and to open the conference I gave a State of the Nation keynote on the status of the Scottish space sector. This article extends on what I said to examine the challenge of actually achieving the Scottish government supported growth targets for the sector.

Cloud-free Scotland. Image credit: Modified Copernicus Sentinel data, processed by Sinergise/ESA
One of Spire’s Lemur-2 CubeSat’s built in Scotland in their in-house test facilities. Image credit: Spire Global
Tontine lane, with view of the Tontine Incubator.
MIRI, the mid-infrared camera and spectrograph (left), was installed in the science payload module of the James Webb Space Telescope (right) on 29 April 2013 at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Image credit: NASA.
Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, holds a CubeSat structure during a visit to the Clyde Space clean room. Image credit: Scottish Government.
Rocket Labs Electron rocket at the Mahia Peninsula launch site in New Zealand. Image credit: Rocket Labs
A possible scenario to restructure the Scottish space sector towards the government supported growth target of 1% of the global space economy by 2030
A possible scenario for the Scottish space sector towards the government supported growth target of 1% of the global space economy by 2030

Glasgow based space technology engineer, academic, and director. spaceprof.xyz |Professor @UniStrathclyde |Director @SoX_SA. ⊕

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