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SaxaVord partners with rocket maker

Despite Virgin Orbit’s setback in Cornwall, Scotland’s SaxaVord Spaceport is moving rapidly ahead with its own plans. SaxaVord is materially different to Cornwall’s Newquay spaceport in that it is planning to loft conventional rockets vertically and directly into orbit from its launch pad. SaxaVord has announced a partnership with Rocket Factory Augsburg (RFA). This partnership […]

January 12, 2023By Chris Forrester

Mangata raises $100m for Scottish satellites

Mangata Networks has raised $100 million (€95.4m) from (mostly) Scottish investors to fund the development of a satellite manufacturing plant at Prestwick, Scotland. Mangata, headed up by Brian Holz, says its new facility will combine R&D, engineering, manufacturing and operations at the Scottish site. In January it raised $33 million from a group of investors […]

December 7, 2022By Chris Forrester

Scotland’s SaxaVord “ahead of schedule”

Construction of the SaxaVord Spaceport in Shetland, where the UK’s first vertical rocket launches will take place next year, is ahead of schedule. History was made earlier in November when the first concrete base for a launch stool at the Lamba Ness site in Unst was completed. Rocket stage testing is expected to begin there […]

November 25, 2022By Chris Forrester

BBC, A24 to adapt Shuggie Bain

Douglas Stuart, author of the 2020 Booker Prize-winning novel Shuggie Bain, is adapting his novel for the BBC in his first television series, produced by A24. Set during the 1980s, Shuggie Bain is the story of a mother-son relationship in working class Glasgow. Shuggie’s mother Agnes – a luminous, glamourous star she has always believed […]

November 14, 2022

Record broadcast markets for Billie Jean King Cup

The 2022 Billie Jean King Cup by Gainbridge Finals has announced that broadcast coverage for this year’s event will extend to a record 196 territories, the most in the event’s 59-year history. The tournament, previously known as the Fed Cup, is currently taking place in Glasgow, Scotland (culminating on November 13th) with 12 teams – […]

November 11, 2022

Orbex Space raises £40m

UK-based Orbex Space has raised £40.4 million in C-round financing. The company says the new cash “led by a new investor, the Scottish National Investment Bank, will allow the company to scale up its resources as it counts down to the first vertical launch from UK soil, as well as unlocking additional funding to support […]

October 19, 2022By Chris Forrester

BBC acquires 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships rights

BBC Sport has secured full broadcasting rights to the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships in Glasgow and across Scotland, extending its long-term commitment to the coverage of major UCI events. For the first time, 13 UCI World Championships will be held in the same location, creating the biggest cycling event ever and one of the […]

October 10, 2022

5G private network delivers live broadcast of Queen’s final departure from Scotland

In a claimed world first for television production, Glasgow-based outside broadcast specialist QTV deployed innovative ‘private 5G’ network technology to connect cameras used in the international broadcast coverage of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s final departure from Scotland via Edinburgh Airport on September 13. The private 5G network was designed and deployed by the […]

October 5, 2022

BBC Studioworks opens Kelvin Hall production hub

BBC Studioworks has officially launched its new purpose-built studio, set in the heart of Glasgow’s West End in the iconic Kelvin Hall. Co-funded by the Scottish Government, through Screen Scotland and Glasgow City Council, the facility boosts Scotland’s capacity to produce multi-genre TV productions and fuels the growth of Scotland’s creative workforce. BBC Studioworks will facilitate […]

October 3, 2022

Sky Sports extends Scottish football rights

Sky Sports will broadcast more Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) matches than ever before under a new agreement with the League. The four-year extension to the current deal means Sky Sports customers can continue to watch SPFL live every week of the season until 2029. In addition, football fans will be able to watch exclusively […]

September 27, 2022