Scotland’s Space Aspirations: Orbex Takes Centre Stage at Glasgow’s ‘Space for Everyone’ Event

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In the heart of Glasgow, the past meets the promise of the future. Decades ago, the UK celebrated its only successful satellite launch with the Black Arrow rocket. Today, the nation is witnessing a renaissance in its space ambitions, with Scotland playing a pivotal role.

Orbex, a leading UK-based orbital launch services company, is gearing up to participate in the UK Space Agency’s ‘Space for Everyone’ event in Glasgow, scheduled for the 21st and 22nd of September. This isn’t the company’s first rodeo; following a successful stint at the Aberdeen leg of the tour in August, Orbex is returning due to overwhelming interest.

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Set against the historic backdrop of George Square from September 21st to 25th, the event promises to be a treasure trove of knowledge and inspiration. Conceived by the UK Space Agency, ‘Space for Everyone’ aims to illuminate the UK’s flourishing space sector, showcasing its myriad career opportunities. Visitors will have the chance to marvel at a 72ft rocket replica and delve into interactive exhibits that underscore the significance of spaceflight and satellites in our daily lives.

Orbex’s participation is particularly noteworthy given its unique position in the Scottish spaceflight industry. The company is at the forefront of Scotland’s space ambitions with a rocket factory nestled in Forres, Moray, and a state-of-the-art spaceport under construction in Sutherland. Their mission? To inspire and educate the next generation.

Martin Coates, CEO of Orbex, expressed the company’s dedication to community engagement, stating, “Engaging with young people who will make up the next generation of space industry professionals is a privilege.” He further highlighted Orbex’s commitment to showcasing Scotland’s pioneering role in global spaceflight.

The event will also offer attendees a sneak peek into Orbex’s Prime space rocket, touted as the world’s most eco-friendly rocket. Videos detailing the construction of the launch platform and the Orbex Prime space rocket will be on display, providing a behind-the-scenes look at what sets Prime apart.

Matt Archer, Director of Launch at the UK Space Agency, emphasized the diversity of the space sector, noting that it “requires people from all backgrounds and with a variety of skills.” The event is a testament that one doesn’t need to be a rocket scientist to contribute to the space industry.

For those eager to learn more, details about the event can be found here.


  • Orbex, a UK-based spaceflight company, is participating in the ‘Space for Everyone’ event in Glasgow from September 21st to 25th.
  • The event, organized by the UK Space Agency, aims to highlight the UK’s growing space sector and the diverse career opportunities it offers.
  • Visitors can explore interactive exhibits, including a 72ft rocket replica, and learn about Orbex’s eco-friendly Prime space rocket.
  • The event underscores Scotland’s significant role in the future of global spaceflight.