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Russian rocket to launch Scotland's first satellite

Scotland's first satellite is to be launched into space in June, it was announced today.

The cutting-edge device is the first spacecraft to be designed and built in Scotland.

It will be launched on board a Russian rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Clyde Space, the Glasgow company behind the nanosatellite, is hoping it could be the first of many from Scotland.

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond described the project as being "one small satellite for Clyde and a giant leap for their extraterrestrial export business and a new hope for space science in Scotland".