Queen visits the AAC Clyde Space and Spire in Glasgow
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The Queen visited the Glasgow facility of AAC Clyde Space and Spire, a company that specialises in small satellite technologies and services that enable businesses, governments, and educational organisations to access high-quality, timely data from space. The monarch was curious to learn more about the products created at the facility and how they are applied in space technology.
And she was delighted to hear some of the satellite technologies and services created by AAC Clyde Space gather data used for weather forecasting.
Joking, the Queen said: “That’s what one wants to know. It is really marvellous.”
During the tour of the facility led by CEO Luis Gomes, the Queen also heard many young people are interested in working in this field.
After noting “it’s a very interesting new field”, the Queen said: “Nice to hear so many young people are getting involved.”
The Queen was joined at AAC Clyde Space by her daughter Princess Anne, who also heard about the nanosatellite technology created at the facility is to be blasted into orbit.
Moreover, the royals were accompanied by the Head of the UK Space Agency, Dr Graham Turnock, and the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Philip Braat.
Speaking about the royal visit, Mr Gomes said: “We’re honoured to have had our royal guests here at AAC Clyde Space today, to celebrate Scotland’s contribution the thriving UK Space sector.
“Over the last two decades, Scotland has built a world-leading industry in satellite manufacturing, engineering, data, and ground-breaking research.
“As we look forward to the next chapters in this successful journey, including the UK’s first orbital spaceport, this is a great time to not only celebrate but to promote Scotland’s growing space industry to future generations.”
Among the work carried out by AAC Clyde Space, the organisation designed and manufactured in 2014 Scotland’s original satellite, UKube-1, in partnership with the UK Space Agency.
Over the past few years, it has also launched 10 Glasgow built satellites and is producing seven more at its site in Glasgow.
This engagement marked the second visit of the day by the Queen and Princess Anne.
This morning, mother and daughter visited a community open space that aims at connecting people with nature – the Children’s Wood charity.
This wild land in the west-end of Glasgow has become a safe haven for schoolchildren, beekeepers and allotment holders among others.
During their visit, the Queen and Princess Anne were offered, and kindly declined, a marshmallow being roasted by children around a campfire.
The Queen also joked with gardener Quinton Cutts, who showed off his plants.
Mr Cutts noted there is a strong community spirit in the land, saying “nobody’s stolen my beans”.
The Queen quipped: “Perhaps if you had some beans…”
After taking a look at ripening strawberries, she added: “That’s tempting too, the strawberries.”
During the delightful visit, the Queen was also gifted a jar of honey by beekeeper Kathleen Friend and Jacob Wishart, an eight-year-old boy.
Ms Friend commented afterwards: “I said to the Queen, she could have the honey on her toast and she replied she already had her breakfast.”
The Queen began her working week in Scotland on Monday, when she was joined by Prince William for a tour at the facility making Irn-Bru.
The pair later took part in the traditional ceremony of the keys at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where the Queen and William also spoke with key workers and volunteers about their experiences during the pandemic.
Yesterday, the Queen met First Minister Nicola Sturgeon before heading to Stirling.
The royal tour of Scotland will end tomorrow.
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