Scotland has seen a boost in space jobs and now accounts for a fifth of the UK space workforce, according to a report.

A survey of firms by the UK Space Agency showed employment in the sector north of the border grew by nearly 9.6% in 2020, to 8,440.

The UK sector as a whole saw its jobs total rise by 6.7%, to 46,995.

The announcement comes as the UK’s first vertical small satellite launches are set to take place from Scottish spaceports.

Meanwhile, plans for a spaceport near Tongue in Sutherland cleared a major legal hurdle in September when a Scottish Land Court judge approved a change of use of an area of croft land for the building of the facility.

The UK Space Agency said Scotland was “leading the way” in space sector jobs growth.

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