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AAC Clyde Space Partners With Scotland on Earth Observation Constellation 

By Rachel Jewett | July 9, 2024

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      AAC Clyde Space signed an agreement with the Scottish government to offer Earth observation data through the planned Cyclops satellite constellation. This is AAC Clyde Space’s first customer for the planned four-satellite constellation. 

      The deal announced Tuesday is a pre-commercial agreement worth 612,000 pounds ($783,000). AAC Clyde Space developed the solution in response to CivTech, the Scottish government’s flagship innovation program for public/private partnerships. 

      The agreement will focus on analysis and automating and integrating image data from the Scottish Forestry’s Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) and operations. The satellites data will focus on tree health to identify trees affected by pests and disease. 

      The satellites in the Cyclops constellation will be the first 16U satellites built by AAC Clyde Space and introducing a new generation of Epic View satellites. Manufacturing for the first two satellites is underway and the first satellite is expected to launch in the first half of 2025. 

      “The services we will provide from these ‘Made in Glasgow’ satellites epitomize the benefits of using data from space: a cost effective way of monitoring Scotland’s forests at a time of increased need. Teaming up with Scotland’s government early on has allowed us to develop data services that meet the high requirements of public organizations,” commented AAC Clyde Space CEO Luis Gomes.