Glaswegian Space Firm Ready for Big Time with Nano Satellite Launch

By Gary Cutlack on at

The small-scale privateer space race is about to kick off in Glasgow, with local firm Clyde Space preparing to whack its first UKube-1 nanosatellite project into orbit later this year.

The small launch, built around the commonplace CubeSat miniature satellite format, will see the team's effort head up on a Russian Soyuz-2 rocket launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at some point in 2013. The launch will contain six separate experimental payloads from universities around the country, allowing students to carry out atmospheric experiments and more, also letting schools communicate with the satellite thanks to an educational amateur radio kit. [Space via Mashable]