Space sector

Scotland has a versatile and adaptable space sector with close collaboration between government, industry and academia. We have an innovative and diverse engineering base with companies competing in international markets. Scotland is in a great place to consolidate these existing strengths to inspire skills development and STEM take up. The growing space sector focuses upon high-tech, high skill and research and development intensive areas, creating a Scottish space industry turnover of £254 million.

Almost one fifth of all UK jobs in the space sector are based in Scotland. Scotland produces more small satellites than any other country in Europe. We aim to be the first country in Europe to provide a complete solution for the manufacture and launch of small satellites, supporting satellite and environmental data analysis and critical earth observation.

While this is ambitious in itself, we are further committed to reaching this goal whilst maintaining our commitments to end our contribution to global climate change by 2045.

Space has been identified as a key priority for the Scottish Government as highlighted recently in our Inward Investment plan which identifies space as one of Scotland’s nine opportunity areas for inward investment.

Government is working with the Scottish Space Leadership Council and the Scottish Space Academic Forum to realise our shared ambition to win a £4 billion share of the global space market by 2030.

Launch will be the final piece of our end-to-end supply chain capability.

Work is progressing well to develop vertical launch capabilities across Scotland with plans in hand to develop spaceports in Sutherland, in Shetland (More information on Shetland Space Centre), and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Spaceport 1in North Uist. 

Work is also continuing to develop horizontal launch capabilities at Glasgow Prestwick Airport, backed by an £80 million package of investments via the Ayrshire Growth Deal, as well as at Machrihanish Airbase Community Company 

More information on Scotland's Space Sector as a business.



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