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Scotland has developed to become the space technology hub of Europe, an article for the Sunday Herald recently stated.

The newspaper pointed out that the nation now builds more satellites than any other country on the continent, and the sector employs over 7,000 people north of the border, which accounts for nearly one in five of all UK jobs in the space industry.

Tom Walkinshaw, founder of Alba Orbital, which builds miniature satellites in Glasgow, explained that Scotland’s burgeoning space industry is helping people consider the area for a career in the sector, where before you’d need to travel to the likes of Holland or Germany to progress in the sector.

He also predicted that Scotland is well-placed to make the most of the rapid growth predicted for the space tech sector.

“In the next 10 years there will be about 10,000 new space startups globally. There will be a massive growth rate. It’s going to happen and I’m glad it’s also happening here,” he stated.

Dr Malcolm Macdonald, director of SoXSA: Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications, is optimistic about what the future holds for the industry, as well as Scotland’s part in that.

He told the news provider that “today we have an almost full end-to-end commercial capability in Scotland, supported by a similarly capable academic sector”.

Last month, highlighted some of the reasons why the space sector is so important for Scotland economically, including the fact that it had an estimated turnover of £134 million in 2012/13, something that’s predicted to grow.

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