Friday, July 04, 2008

MicrospaceNews: A New Microsat Builder

Clyde Space LTD is not a completely new company. This Glasgow-based firm has been building power systems and other components for small spacecraft, but now it's ready to make the leap into building and operating microspacecraft of its own. Assuming fundraising works out, ScotSat-1 will be a 5kg satellite to be launched into LEO in 2010. Clyde Space founder Craig Clark is working with the University of Strathclyde on an instrument package. Clark told an interviewer, "It's got to be something a bit special. We're not just going to put some electronics in box and say: Ooh, we've just launched a satellite'. That's not going to show Scotland in the right light. We want to show what a great engineering nation we are. So it's going to be something that will push the boundaries of technology. At the end of the project, we will have a product we'll be able to sell to other people."

COMMENT: Montgomery Scott would be proud of that thinking. My best wishes to this new venture.

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