Queen Elizabeth II looks delighted with Horizon Space Technologies new Amber™ SIGINT CubeSat at our partner AAC Clyde Space offices where they revealed how the tiny devices were also being used to monitor maritime traffic and combat natural disasters

Queen ‘fascinated’ after inspecting space rockets which predict the weather

Queen Elizabeth II visits with Horizon Space Technologies’ new Amber™ SIGINT CubeSat at our partner AAC Clyde Space offices.


The Queen has given the British space industry a boost as she marvelled at groundbreaking technology.

The monarch was shown a miniature satellite – no bigger than a whiskey bottle – being built before being blasted into orbit, as she remarked: “It is very interesting, Marvellous.”

The Queen and daughter Princess Anne were today shown the nanosatellites technology at two neighbouring firms, AAC Clyde Space and Spire, at Skypark, in Glasgow.

She looked delighted as staff from AAC Clyde Space revealed how their tiny devices were being blasted skyward to altitudes of around 600km to help predict the weather, monitor maritime traffic and combat natural disasters.

She said: “It’s a very interesting new field. Well done. It’s nice to hear so many young people are getting involved.”

The Queen, 95, also spoke to David Warden, 27, who joined AAC Clyde Space after studying engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University

She asked: “Were there many young people doing it? Did you always want to do this.?”

“It is very interesting and innovation keeps changing all the time. The miniaturisation is fascinating.”

Then, shown a nano satellite which will be fired up into space being built in the firm’s laboratory, she remarked: “That goes up into space? It’s very small.”

Adding: “Lots of Scottish innovation.”

The Queen, 95, wearing a Stewart Parvin royal blue velour coat, matching silk dress, hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan and Prince Albert brooch, looked delighted at screens showing the satellites in action.

Joel Spark, of Spire, talked the Queen through screens showing how satellites are monitoring the weather around the world.

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