Antenna space project gets Scottish Enterprise grant
An international company specialising in the development of advanced antenna systems will land in Scotland following a grant from Scottish Enterprise.
Celestia Technologies Group UK Ltd (CTG) will establish an innovative project to develop a fully electronic scanning antenna for use with satellite based aircraft WiFi applications after it received a £2.5m R&D award from Scotland’s national economic development agency.
The company, a UK subsidiary of Celestia Technologies Group headquartered in Holland, will be based initially at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh while it identifies permanent premises in Scotland. A total of 18 jobs will be created in antenna technologies, software defined radio, radio frequency engineering and system design.
Scotland’s space sector has more than 130 organisations, with 7,600 employees at the cutting edge of their specialisms, supported by strong relationships with researchers in Scottish universities and research pools.
The Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture, Fiona Hyslop, said: “The global space sector is estimated to be worth £400 billion by 2030. I am determined that Scotland will lead the way in using satellite technologies and applications to make a significant contribution to combatting the climate emergency.”
CTG will use the R&D grant to develop a satellite antenna for aircraft to link with a communication satellite for the in-flight broadband sector, incorporating multi-beam and phased-array technology. The proposed design will be electronically steered and will offer improved communications and connectivity performance for a new generation of low and medium orbit satellites.
José Alonso, Chairman of CTG, said: “The grant will allow the company to establish a centre of competence in scanning antennas in Scotland, and have the confidence to continue its expansion in the UK in the supportive environment of the Scottish space sector, where skills and collaborative partners are in good supply.”