Clyde Space wins Queen's Award for Enterprise
21 April 2017
The award, in the Innovation Category, recognises Clyde Space's cutting-edge CubeSat technology and the far-reaching impact it has had in making satellites more accessible and affordable.
Clyde Space chief executive Craig Clark, who was awarded an MBE for services to innovation and technology in 2013, said: “We are honoured to receive a Queen's Award for Innovation and delighted this recognition has stemmed from our UKube-1 mission, one of the most advanced CubeSats ever made. We would like to thank Scottish Enterprise and the UK Space Agency for their continued support with this project which has enabled us to become a world-leading provider of high-performance CubeSats for commercial and scientific applications."
Innovation, and creative solutions, are at the forefront of everything Clyde Space does and the quality of its products have established it as a global leader in space technology attracting prestigious clients which include the UK Space Agency, the European Space Agency, NASA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US Army, US Navy and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency as well as a raft of up and coming‘New Space’ companies including; Kepler Communications and Spaceflight Industries.
Around 90% of their business is exported and in the past year alone Clyde Space has shipped over 1000 products to customers across the globe.
Craig said: “ We’ve gone from subsystems provider to offering full turnkey solutions, developing over 70 satellites in 2016 alone with the capacity to manufacture 10 spacecraft per month. The demand for mass-produced spacecraft is driving our rapid growth and further confirms our position as a global leader in the design, manufacture and export of CubeSats. Resulting from our mission successes and space flight heritage our innovative satellite solutions are more capable and highly integrated than similar solutions available in the market and push the boundaries of what is possible with a CubeSat. This award further strengthens our credentials within our international market and helps promote UK Innovation within the Space Industry."
Over the last few years, Clyde Space has invested in product and process development, put in place world class assembly and test facilities at its Glasgow headquarters and announced international expansion plans.
It currently has more than 80 staff and is growing at rate of over 50% per year. Over the last couple of years an average of six spacecraft per month being manufactured and tested at its Glasgow headquarters.
Clyde Space is the only dedicated CubeSat supplier in the United Kingdom and now supports, in some form, 40% of all CubeSat missions.
Now capable of hosting a myriad of instruments including; optical and infrared imagers, hyper- and multi-spectral imagers, software defined radios, radiometers, magnetometers, and gravity instruments; CubeSats benefit multiple sectors and enable a variety of applications such as; the Internet of Things, infrastructure monitoring, disaster management, weather and climate data, mapping and even the movement of fish across the oceans.
Clyde Space is currently involved in a major project with American global broadcast company Outernet Inc in a partnership deal funded by the UK Space Agency which aims to make internet access free and unrestricted all over the world through a constellation of 200 satellites.
This would be of major benefit to the four billion people across the globe without access to the internet by providing free communication and making available urgent news such as severe weather warnings.
UKube-1, Scotland’s first satellite, was designed and built by Clyde Space in Glasgow and launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, in 2014 and has since successfully completed its mission. The UKube-1 programme is a strategically important part of the UK Government’s Innovative Growth Strategy for Space.