A Glasgow firm has sealed a deal to launch satellites on Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket.

Alba Orbital, based in Hillington, has reached an agreement with Turkish firm Hello Space for four satellites the size of a Rubik’s cube.

The PocketQubes satellites will be used to enhance global connectivity through the Internet of Things (IoT).

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The satellites measuring 5 x 5 x 15cm, weighing under 250grams will be blasted into space using SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket later this year and in 2025 on behalf of Hello Space and will orbit the earth.

The firms said at 25,000 Euro per launch, the tiny satellites can be flown to space for less than the price of a new car. 

Tom Walkinshaw, chief executive of Alba Orbital, said: "We are thrilled to work alongside Hello Space again and to continue to help them achieve their orbital ambitions.

“PocketQubes offer unparalleled advantages in terms of cost-effectiveness, versatility, and scalability, making them an ideal platform for driving innovation in satellite technology."

The UK Government said it is a boost for the manufacturing industry in Scotland.

Lord Offord, Minister for exports, said: “This is more encouraging news for Scotland’s thriving space industry.

“Alba Orbital are leading the way in the production of miniature satellites and this agreement will see their technology being used in many more missions.

“It once again shows the demand around the globe that exists for the amazing products we make here in Scotland.”

Muzaffer Duysal, CEO of Hello Space Systems said:“From the initial consultation to the flawless execution during the Istanbul mission campaign, Alba Orbital showcased exceptional technical competence and efficiency”. 

“We are delighted to have chosen Alba Orbital as our launch service provider once again, and we look forward to embarking on these new and exciting missions together”.