Scotland as seen from a satellite in space
Green swirls of a phytoplankton bloom in the North Sea off the coast of eastern Scotland.

Satellite Applications in the world, with a focus on Scotland

Since, Rosanne and Astrid are both living in Glasgow and working at the University of Strathclyde, we wanted to show you, how Scotland, and in the next step, Glasgow and our Uni, are contributing to the fast growing global space sector.

But first of all: Have you ever asked yourself: “What are satellites actually doing for us?”. Well, here are some pointers of how satellites help to make life better and safer. People often use satellite data every day without even realizing it. Communications satellites give access to TV networks to homes anywhere in the world. They enable telephone services on airplanes. Internet broadband is made available to the remotest of areas. These satellites also make global financial transaction seamless. Navigation satellites provide location details and destination directions on handsets or mobile receivers. We also get weather data and warning with satellites. They help to manage natural disasters and rescue victims. Satellites observing the Earth tell us what is happening around us. They help to detect water and mineral sources. The list goes on and on.

Now, Scotland, is one of the fastest growing space sectors in the world. It is known as the agile space capital of the world and is the number one location for satellite manufacturing in Europe.

Scotland will play host to the first European spaceport.

Satellite applications plays a huge part of the Scottish space sector. The facts and numbers prove this: at least 18% of all space industry jobs in the UK are found in Scotland. Over 130 organisation provide diverse, space related services. GSi use satellite data to monitor global natural resources. Ecometrica and others are monitoring forests and crops. Huli are using space data to help you organize your outdoor mobility. And many more.

Scotland is also the data driven capital of Europe.

There are over 190 data science companies in Scotland. Satellite data plays an integral part of this data revolution. Space science in Scotland is not left out either. The largest space telescope in the UK is at the University of St. Andrews. Activities to support future Mars missions are underway in Edinburgh.

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