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 £140 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.

The Programme for Government 2019-2020 sets out our ambitions to have 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 in Sutherland, with support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise. More information on Sutherland's spaceport

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.

Other areas exploring launch activities include Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Spaceport 1, Shetland Space Centre and Machrihanish Airbase Community Company.

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



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