Satellite company Celestia touches down in Scotland

Scotland’s growing space sector attracts international company specialising in the development of advanced antenna systems.

Developing satellite technology 

Celestia Technologies Group's project in Scotland will develop satellite antenna for use with aircraft Wi-Fi applications.

The company, a UK subsidiary of Celestia Technology Group BV (CTGBV) which has its HQ in Holland, will initially be based at Heriot-Watt University while it identifies permanent premises in Scotland.

The project, which is being supported by a £2.5 million Research and Development award from Scottish Enterprise, will create 18 new jobs.

Scotland’s growing space sector played a key role in the company's decision. Scotland has some of the highest space-related activity in Europe and it’s estimated the sector could be worth £4 billion to the Scottish economy by 2030. The industry is made up of over 130 organisations, with 7,600 employees at the cutting edge of their specialisms coupled with strong relationships with researchers in Scottish universities and research pools.

“The grant will allow the company to establish a centre of competence in scanning antennas in Scotland, and have the confidence to continue its expansion in the UK in the supportive environment of the Scottish space sector, where skills and collaborative partners are in good supply."

José Alonso, Chairman of Celestia Technologies Group

The company will use the R&D grant to develop a satellite antenna for aircraft to link with a communication satellite for the growing in-flight broadband sector. The innovative design will offer improved communications and connectivity performance for a new generation of low and medium orbit satellites.

The R&D award was announced during a visit to Celestia Technologies Group at Heriot-Watt University by Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture Fiona Hyslop.

“The sector in Scotland has seen strong growth over recent years, which is demonstrated through collaboration and investment such as Celestia Technologies. I am determined that Scotland will lead the way in using satellite technologies and applications to make a significant contribution to combating the climate emergency.”

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture

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