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Space Scotland


Space Scotland is an industry-led initiative that originated in late 2016, and was formalised in 2021 as a not-for-profit company to actively support Scotland’s ‘end-to-end’ space ecosystem and value chain.

It’s mission is to build a community that actively represents and enables Scotland’s space industry to surpass its potential, becoming a truly world-class environment for businesses and a global champion for an inclusive and sustainable approach to space operations.

See Space Scotland’s strategy document here.

Key Contacts

Hina Khan

Organisation: Space Scotland
Role: Executive Director

Kristina Tamane

Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Role: University of Edinburgh

Daniel Smith

Organisation: Astro Agency
Role: CEO

Prof. Iain Woodhouse

Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Role: Professor at University of Edinburgh & Co-founder at EARTH BLOX

Facilities & Assets

  • Higgs Centre for Innovation

  • Higgs Centre for Innovation is a cutting-edge facility that supports start-ups and SMEs in the fields of data-intensive science and advanced technology. Located at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre in Edinburgh, the centre offers access to state-of-the-art facilities, expertise, and mentorship to help businesses thrive.

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  • National Manufacturing Institute Scotland

  • National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) is a centre of excellence for advanced manufacturing research and innovation. It aims to transform the manufacturing sector in Scotland by offering cutting-edge facilities, expertise, and training to help businesses develop and adopt new technologies.

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  • National Robotarium

  • The National Robotarium, based at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, is a leading research facility dedicated to robotics and autonomous systems. It fosters collaboration between academia and industry, developing innovative solutions in fields such as healthcare, agriculture, and underwater exploration.

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  • The Bayes Centre

  • The Bayes Centre, situated at the University of Edinburgh, is a hub for interdisciplinary collaboration in data science and artificial intelligence. It brings together researchers, industry partners, and students to develop innovative solutions to real-world problems and promote data-driven innovation.

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  • University of Strathclyde, The Technology and Innovation Centre

  • University of Strathclyde, Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow is a world-class research facility that fosters collaborations between academia, industry, and the public sector. It focuses on areas such as advanced engineering, energy, health, and future cities.

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Partners & Academic Institutions

  • Astro Agency

  • Astro Agency is a space-focused consultancy and marketing firm that helps businesses and organizations in the space sector with strategic planning, market research, and communication services to grow and succeed in the global space market.

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  • CGI

  • CGI is a global IT and business consulting firm with a strong presence in the space industry. They provide a range of services, including satellite communications, Earth observation, and space data applications, to both government and commercial clients.

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  • Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS)

  • Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS) is a consortium of organizations that aims to promote marine science and technology in Scotland. It fosters collaboration between academia, government, and industry and uses space-based technologies to advance marine research and sustainable management of marine resources.

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  • Royal Observatory Edinburgh

  • Royal Observatory Edinburgh encompasses both the UK Astronomy Technology Centre and the Higgs Centre for Innovation. It is a leading centre for astronomy research, technology development, and innovation, providing state-of-the-art facilities and expertise to support the growth of the space sector in Scotland.

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  • Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS)

  • Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS) is a leading marine research institution that focuses on the study of marine ecosystems, climate change, and sustainable use of marine resources. It leverages satellite data and remote sensing technologies to advance our understanding of the marine environment.

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  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)

  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is a public body responsible for the protection and improvement of Scotland’s environment. It uses space-based technologies such as Earth observation satellites to monitor and regulate various aspects of the environment, including air quality, water resources, and land use.

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  • Scottish Space Academic Forum (SSAF)

  • Scottish Space Academic Forum (SSAF) The Scottish Space Academic Forum is a collaborative network of Scottish universities and research institutions focusing on space-related research and education. It aims to promote Scotland’s space sector and support the development of space-related skills and expertise.

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Technical Focus

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Market Focus

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