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  • Monday, April 2, 2012

    First Scottish-Built Satellite Ukube-1 to Launch in 2013:



    The first satellite to be built in Scotland is due to be launched next year. UKube-1 is being built at the West of Scotland Science Park in Maryhill, Glasgow. The United Kingdom Universal Bus Experiment, to give it its proper name, is a pilot programme from the UK Space Agency to test new technologies in space. A big idea, perhaps. But the trick is to think small. The underlying CubeSat concept came originally from America: to create a satellite 10cm by 10cm by 10cm. That gives you a volume of just one litre, but that can contain a surprising amount of science in low Earth orbit. It's a package which costs, by space exploration standards, relatively little to build and launch.
    Via eHam.