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Callum has extensive experience in the space industry with over 10 years working at the European Space Agency, latterly as the manager of the ESA Technology Transfer Network.  With a PhD in physics and an MBA, Callum has worked in a number of roles including technology development, marketing and business support.

Some changes

We wanted to share with you some changes with regard to Space Network Scotland.  As you may know, Space Network Scotland (SNS) was created in 2014 as part of the activities of Scottish Enterprise’s Space Network Integrator project.   Since then SNS has worked with companies, research institutions and space agencies to assist in growing/developing space activity in Scotland.  The Space Network Integrator project concludes at the end of this September.  From a Scottish Enterprise perspective this marks the end of the forming process for the space industry in Scotland.  Following on, we’d like to introduce you to the Scottish Space Leadership Council, a community of...
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News: Orbex in process of Site Selection Orbex (@orbexspace) announced on twitter earlier this month that they are in the process of looking for a “large new launch vehicle production facility & mission control centre close to our consortium’s primary launch site in Scotland”.   Just in case you missed it, Orbex secured £30 million funding in July to develop their orbital space launch system. They are part of the main consortium that will be providing launch services from Sutherland.   News: First Data from Aeolus Wind Monitoring Satellite   Some of you will know that we at Space Network Scotland have...
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News: UK Space Launch Congratulations to Highland and Islands Enterprise and associated consortium for securing funding for a vertical spaceport at A’mhoine in Sutherland.   As well as providing a new route to space for small satellite builders such as Spire Global, Clyde Space and Alba Orbital, it also increases the profile of space in Scotland!. Accompanying this was the news that Lockheed Martin and Orbex (and their associated consortia) were the big winners in terms of launch support funding from the UK Space Agency. Horizontal Spaceports such as Prestwick have reason to be optimistic with a dedicate fund for them to...
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Website Revision

Welcome to the updated layout for the Space Network Scotland website.  As well as having a fresher look, there are a number of changes to make information flow more easily within the network. One of the most important changes is the introduction of a Network Directory where companies and organisations can have an entry detailing their activities, focus and contact details.   To get your details into the Directory, please follow the link at the foot of the section. As the Directory expands, we hope it will provide a comprehensive listing of space activity in Scotland, clearly pointing site visitors to...
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Space Investor Event at Scotland House

Space Network Scotland and the Satellite Finance Network (SFN) jointly hosted a Space Investment Showcase on 29 November at the Scotland House - the impressive new Innovation and Investment Hub on the Embankment in London. SFN, led by Joanne Wheeler, have held a number of similar events over the last few years so establishing an impressive network of space interested investors. They also provided excellent support to the individual companies that are involved in the selection process. The selection and preparation process followed the tested SFN methodology, and included pre-pitch training, this time it being conducted in Edinburgh and London. On...
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Organisational Support for the Space Sector in Scotland

Earlier this year we invited the Network to fill in a Questionnaire on what they are looking for with regards collective organisational support.  This was then followed up with a meeting attended by respondents.   Thanks to all of you who responded, attended and provided inciteful comments. The overall conclusions from the questionnaire were that: Most interest in support came from respondents who see themselves entirely or largely as space organisations. The priority interests of the sector are representation to government, marketing of the sector and networking events. Promoting Scottish capability in new space was equally popular with promoting space capability...
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