|Practice area:||Downstream Terrestrial Applications | Exploration and Infrastructure | Space|
|Published:||1 December, 2016|
|Keywords:||qualitative analysis quantitative analysis stakeholder surveys and consultations|
Scottish Enterprise commissioned London Economics to support their work to develop the Scottish space industry. The objective of the study was to answer two key questions:
- Where is the Scottish space economy at present: in an absolute sense; and in comparison with the UK and global space economy?
- Where could, and should, the Scottish space economy, and its composite segments, reach in the medium-term (2020) and long-term (2030)?
This study collected, assimilated and analysed primary (survey data and consultations) and secondary (desk-based research) research findings, summarised in a report which:
- Presents the value and supply chains of the space economy, and lists important Scottish companies;
- Estimates the size of the Scottish space industry, and compares it with UK and international trends based on survey data and consultations;
- Discusses international growth trends, and places Scottish companies in this context;
- Examines successful international space clusters, and discusses aspects of the Scottish cluster in comparison with Harwell (UK), Bavaria (DE), and Colorado (US);
- Undertakes a SWOT analysis for the Scottish space industry;
- Discusses the potential for a spaceport, and the potential gains associated with it from the perspective of the local space economy; and
- Offers analysis of the maximum growth potential for the Scottish space industry as a proportion of the UK total based on a variety of inputs.