9 Scottish space tech companies to watch

"Space, the final frontier" a famous Star Trek Captain once said…although the Captain was not Scottish, his trusty engineer "Scotty" would have appreciated the lengths Scottish companies are going to help us reach and breach that frontier. These same companies could help your business too.

Space tech solutions for a greener planet

With amazing technologies and solutions being developed, manufactured and deployed here, Scotland’s space companies are bringing new insights and innovations to help make the world a greener, cleaner and smarter place. 

Space technology can be deployed to help mitigate the dual impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate change emergency. Although it may not be immediately obvious how, space technology is used widely in communications and tracking technologies, which will be important in monitoring, and hopefully limiting the spread of the virus. 

Ecometrica is a pioneering example of an innovative Scottish tech company using space data to help tackle global challenges, like deforestation and the climate crisis. 

Here is just a sample of companies to watch from the 130+ companies that are shaping Scotland’s global reputation as a world-leader in space technology. 

Scotland's up and coming space tech companies

Growing space ecosystem

Scotland’s tech startup scene is flourishing. Our rising stars are following in the footsteps of some of Scotland’s leading space tech companies, such as AAC Clyde Space and Orbex.

AAC Clyde Space played an integral role in Glasgow’s emergence as a global hub for satellite manufacturing and built the UK Space Agency’s first national satellite, which was launched in 2014. With headquarters and production facilities in Forres, Orbex has developed one of the most advanced, low carbon, high performance micro-launch vehicles in the world.  

Scotland’s space tech capabilities, include: 

  • Manufacture of sub-systems for satellites, spacecraft and component parts
  • Spaceports and launch providers
  • Earth observation and data analytics 
  • Satellite communications and data processing
  • Scientific instruments and third-party ground segment operations
  • Satellite-based navigation systems
  • Research and consultancy services – market and innovation

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