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Aerospace Employment in Scotland

In 2013 there were just under 40,000 employed in the aerospace industry in Scotland.

CAMERON, Donald MBE (b Glasgow 1939) Balloonist

He developed Britain’s first modern hot air balloon and founded Cameron Balloons which is now the largest hot air balloon manufacturer in the world. He holds several world records for balloon flights and has been awarded the British Royal Aero Club Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.

Clyde Space (Craig Clark, Founder and CEO)

CubeSat and nano spacecraft manufacture. A leading supplier with expertise in miniaturising spacecraft systems.In March 2013 they will launch the first complete satellite to have been designed, developed and built in Scotland. Exports constitute 95% of production.

HAMILTON, Sir James CB, KCB (1923-2012) Engineer

Born Penicuik, Midlothian. Responsible for design of the revolutionary swept-back delta wing on Concord.

Henry (Harry) McDonald (Engineer)

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, and educated BSc and DSc at Glasgow University. A very distinguished career in the United States including prominent leading positions within NASA.

Inter-Tec Services Ltd

Founded  in 1997 by Fred Gorrie, and based in Prestwick, Ayrshire. Specialising in design, aircraft certification and stress analysis for the aerospace industry.

Martin Aerospace

Lanark based, Martin is an approved component manufacturer and supplier to Rolls Royce plc, Pattonair Ltd, GE Aviation Ltd, Fiat Avio and others.

MB Aerospace Holdings Limited

A world class Motherwell based provider of supply chain management in design, development, and component manufacture.  They are  one of only three European companies to hold the prestigious Preferred Supplier Gold status from aircraft manufacturer Boeing.  Other key customers include Pratt & Whitney, Hamilton Sundstrand, Rolls-Royce, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Volvo Aerospace and the US department of Defense. It was announced 19 Mar 13 that they have been acquired via a secondary buy-out by Washington based Arlington Capital Partners.

Scottish Aviation

Based at Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scottish Aviation built Pioneer, Twin Pioneer, Jetstream turboprop transport aircraft and Bulldog trainers. In the mid sixties they designed and built a small electric car called the Scamp. In 1977 they merged with the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC), and others, to form British Aerospace.

Scottish Space School

Based at Strathclyde University and open to all S5 pupils at Scottish schools. It is a week long space-themed summer school with an accent on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). The course is delivered by leading academics and researchers with support from NASA astronauts and engineers. The top ten students get a 7-day learning journey to Johnson Space Centre in Houston.


Based at the Space Technology Centre, University of Dundee. It specialises in supporting users and developers of SpaceWire, a standard for data communications onboard satellites and spacecraft, with customers including all of the major space agencies.

Strathclyde Space Institute

A multi-disciplinary venture addressing key challenges in space systems engineering, satellite applications and access to space.

UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC)

Based at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, it is a world leading deliverer of optical and infrared instrument and sensor systems for observational astronomy.

Scottish Achievement, Influence & Heritage is a work in progress