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UKube-1 - Scotland’s first satellite launches into space


Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 14:39 GMT -

Scotland’s first space satellite, the UKube-1, launched successfully from Kazakhstan yesterday.

It has already established contact with ground and started in-orbit commissioning.

The nanosatellite, which is no bigger than a shoebox, will analyse space weather and take images of the earth from above. The project will also see school children interact with the satellite.

Commissioned by the UK Space Agency and built by Glasgow company Clyde Space, UKube-1 was launched at 5pm UK time on Tuesday from aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Craig Clark, Clyde Space chief executive, said: "I'm delighted that the launch went so smoothly and the UKube-1 mission is under way.

"It is fantastic that a spacecraft designed, built and tested in Scotland by a Scottish company has been so successful and I'd like to thank everyone who backed us and contributed to this amazing project."

Clyde Space added that it was looking forward to more space missions in the future.

First Minister Alex Salmond heralded the launch as  “one nanosatellite and one giant leap for Scottish space exploration”.

“Today’s launch of the UKube-1 is a landmark occasion for Clyde Space – and indeed for Scotland – and is another clear example of scientific and engineering excellence demonstrated by our country’s entrepreneurial innovators,” he added.




Thumbnail source: Clyde Space

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