Aerospace and space

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Peter Platzer, CEO of Spire Global

Engineering the future

Historically, the world looked to Scotland for our trains and ships – now it’s our satellites.

Scotland’s strong background in advanced engineering, including R&D, design and manufacturing has a tradition of attracting high-technology companies.

But now we're as likely to be engineering software, as well as significant, complex and sophisticated projects - like maintaining the new generation of aircraft and pioneering new ways of forming advanced materials. And we also have a thriving space sector here, including satellite manufacture. 

That enduring strength, as well as our experienced skills base and a competitive cost structure, has helped to build an internationally-recognised space industry - Scotland has 80 aerospace companies employing more than 7600 highly-skilled people.

With year on growth projected above 6%, Scotland has the ambition to grow its role in space from a £2 billion industry today to a £4 billion one by 2030.

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Who's already in Scotland?

With so much to offer, it's no wonder Scotland has drawn so many global industry names.

  • Axon Cable
  • BAE Systems Regional Aircraft
  • Chevron Aircraft Maintenance
  • Fluid Gravity Engineering
  • GE Caledonian
  • Ion Concept Systems Group 
  • Leonardo
  • Raytheon
  • Rolls Royce


  • Spire
  • Spirit Aerosystems
  • TomTom Software
  • UTC Aerospace Systems
  • Vector Aerospace
  • Veripos
  • W. L. Gore and Associates
  • Woodward Group

We have lift-off

Scotland's space sector is soaring.

Did you know?

Over the last few years, Glasgow has built more satellites than any other city in Europe.

Thanks to Scotland's established strengths in engineering, science and technology, our small country punches above its weight when it comes to the space industry – particularly around the NewSpace area of small satellite systems (smallsats) and space data solutions companies.

Here are some of them:

  • Astrosat – data software service working across earth observation and satellite communications
  • Bright Ascension - provides on-board and mission control software for satellites
  • Clyde Space – design and build of cubesats
  • Ecometrica – end-to-end environmental software as a service
  • Orbital Access – horizontal launch provision
  • Spire Global – inward investor focusing on the development/operation of cubesat constellations and providing data products across marine-based sectors

Why Spire chose Scotland

We helped California-based satellite data specilalists Spire get set up in Scotland quickly and easily.

Skilled talent, access to risk capital and the support we offer to innovative companies are among the top reasons Spire chose to set up here. 

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An aircraft centre of excellence

Chevron Aircraft Maintenance recently chose Prestwick Airport as the location for its new centre of excellence, and it's no surprise.

Already home to a cluster of major players in the aerospace industry, Prestwick airport offers a ready pool of highly skilled and qualified workers, along with an established programme of training support provided by local universities and further education colleges.

Why Chevron chose Scotland

Forming and forging ahead

The Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) is a globally-recognised centre of excellence in innovative manufacturing technologies and metal forming and forging research.

The AFRC helps companies like yours de-risk and accelerate the introduction of new technologies, materials and processes. 

In addition to the world-class facilities, AFRC can draw upon the wider capabilities and expertise of the University of Strathclyde. 

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