Scotland's first satellite to be launched in June

Scotland is to launch its first satellite into space in June, it was announced today.

The miniature satellite - or nanosatellite - was designed and built in Scotland and 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.

Glasgow company Clyde Space released this artist's representation of the UKube-1 satellite Credit: Clyde Space

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond inspected the device today with Sergey Krutikov, the consul general of the Russian Federation in Scotland

Mr 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".

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond (R) examines the satellite with Russian Consul General Sergey Krutikov (2nd L) Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire