The UK Space Agency has awarded a development grant to AstroAgency which will enable the firm to establish a space hub on behalf of the Scottish Space Leadership Council.
The financial investment into this space hub will help to advance the Scottish Space Leadership Council into a formalised entity, with the aim of connecting and promoting Scotland’s fast-growing space ecosystem nationally and internationally.
UK Science Minister Amanda Solloway explained: “This funding will arm local leaders up and down the UK with the tools they need to put their local areas at the front of the commercial space race, while refuelling the tank of the UK economy”. UK Government Minister for Scotland Iain Stewart added: “Today’s funding announcement is another example of how the UK Government is securing the UK’s position as a global leader in the space sector. The investment in Scottish projects will contribute to regional economic growth and support the development of the space industry across the country.”
The Scottish Space Leadership Council was formed in 2016 as a voluntary, cross-sectoral representative organisation in response to the need for greater connection and collaboration within the Scottish and wider UK space community. The Council has evolved a reputation for being an ambitious, results-driven organisation and now aims to formally act as a conduit for growth and gateway to a flourishing space sector.
Chair of the Scottish Space Leadership Council John Innes said: “The Scottish Space Leadership Council, working together with the AstroAgency team, look forward to establishing a formalised Scottish hub suited to connecting and promoting the country’s vibrant space sector.”
Linda Hannah, Interim CEO of Scottish Enterprise added: “The companies, organisations and support structures within the sector are on the same mission to create a thriving, world-leading and innovative hub that will drive an ambitious growth plan to create the jobs and tech solutions of the future too.”