Scotland's first space satellite inspected by First Minister

Scotland's first space satellite has been inspected by the First Minister.

Alex Salmond visited Clyde Space's headquarters in Glasgow on Wednesday to meet the team who are putting the finishing touches to the device, which will be launched into space later this year.

The small satellite is almost ready to be shipped to Russia, ahead of its launch on the country's Soyuz-2 rocket in Kazakhstan.

Both Sergey Krutikov, the consul general of the Russian Federation in Scotland, and Lena Wilson, the chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, joined the First Minister on his visit.

The satellite - a UKube-1 nanosatellite - is described by Clyde Space as being one of the most advanced of its kind.

It features the first GPS devices aimed at measuring plasmaspheric space weather, as well as a camera that will take images of the Earth and test the effects of radiation on space hardware.

The satellite effectively booked its journey into space at the end of last year, when it completed a series of tests in a simulated space environment.

Clyde Space chief executive Craig Clark said then: "I'm proud of the team here at Clyde Space in achieving such a critical milestone in the mission.

"UKube-1 aims to be the first of many nanosatellites produced at Clyde Space, and UKube-1 is a fantastic mission for us to demonstrate our capabilities as a spacecraft mission prime."

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