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The geography of the nation perfectly lends itself to launch sites. The aspirations of Scotland in the space sector are now accelerating, with businesses such as AstroAgency playing an important role in the development of a projected £ 3 billion industry by 2030, according to Kim McAllister.
With two big funding decisions, the space industry in Scotland has taken huge strides forward.
On behalf of the Scottish Space Leadership Council (SSLC), AstroAgency, headquartered in Scotland, received funding from the UK Space Agency to set up a space center, while Prestwick Airport received an investment of GBP 80 million to enable space-related activities beyond satellite launches.
This follows the announcement by Shetland Spaceport in late October that Lockheed Martin had changed its U.K. From Sutherland to Shetland satellite launch program, generating hundreds of jobs.
“The idea of a U.K. spaceport may seem strange, but if you live near one of the developing launch sites, you are assured that the massive infrastructure of Cape Canaveral is certainly not needed here,” said AstroAgency founder Daniel Smith.
“In Scotland, geography has coincidentally ensured that our specialty is launching small satellites on small launch vehicles from small launch pads into lucrative orbits that can reach the entire surface of the Earth.”
For many years, the Scottish space sector has been rising.
The value chain will be full with the future launch capability in the next 18 months, from producing hardware such as satellites and electronics to launching and analyzing data coming back from the satellites.
By 2030, the Scottish government has set a target to create a £ 4 billion industry, generating opportunities for businesses in many related industries.
“Why waste money on space when there are so many problems on Earth that we haven’t solved yet?” Smith said. “I’m also asked.
In 2020, the feeling feels more fitting than any other year in my lifetime. But, the fact is that the money spent on space is, of course, spent on Earth here.
“The shift from public to private investment in this vast sector allows us all to benefit from space technology and information in so many ways,” he said.
In our battle for a healthier, cleaner World, this investment will benefit us. In order to boost our local economies, we should use low-cost access to space while enhancing the lives of people across the world, be it through education, navigation, wellness, entertainment or, most significantly, environmental protection.
‘Companies, whether in the sector or interested in developing through the opportunities provided by the space sector, are at a threshold where there is a real opportunity to use their transferable expertise and experience to reach a rapidly expanding market, be it an engineering company, a security consultancy, a law practice, a logistics firm, or something else.’
“There’s an opportunity to expand your business not so much to the last frontier, but to a new commercial frontier.”
Until founding AstroAgency, Smith was part of the team that founded Edinburgh-based rocket company Skyrora. The team, now 12 strong, specializes in “strategic space marketing,” mixing expert business expertise with raising awareness of established space firms, space start-ups and companies looking to join the industry.
AstroAgency introduced “The SpaceBar” when it closed, a fortnightly online meeting to maintain partnerships between space industry companies. It features a combination of panel discussions and networking, and has drawn participants from all over the world.
UKSA’s recent funding win means it will enable the Scottish Space Leadership Council, a results-oriented group that needs to develop to meet the growing needs of the sector, to become a formalized organization with the ultimate aim of nationally and internationally linking and fostering Scotland’s rapidly growing space ecosystem.
U.K. Minister of Science Amanda Solloway said the funding would equip local leaders across the United Kingdom with the resources they need to place their local communities at the forefront of d