Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame

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Craig Clark Craig Clark (b. 1973), electronics engineer, entrepreneur, founder of Clyde Space

Engineering achievements

Craig Clark set up Clyde Space in 2005 originally to focus on supplying power solutions for small satellites, convinced there was a niche in the market. By 2017 Clyde Space had a 30-40 per cent share of the global CubeSat power market. It has supplied over 700 power systems for small satellites, making it the world's biggest supplier of this kind of power solution.

Clyde Space started to develop power systems for a new generation of satellite, the fore mentioned CubeSat - tiny modular satellites. Their product portfolio quickly expanded from there and the focus was on the development and sale of CubeSat and small satellite subsystems. One such subsystem is their Attitude, Determination, and Control System (ADCS) which was designed for the US Navy and at the time was one of the most technically challenging solutions made by the company. This solution provides the ability to accurately determine attitude and subsequently control satellites with high precision, a vital capability for these nanosatellites. Leveraging on Clyde Space's extensive custom mission heritage, they have developed a range of standard off-the-shelf platforms, incorporating all the latest in CubeSat technology in support of the next generation of high-performance constellations. These networks of satellites are enabling real-time global coverage and are be used for applications such as communications missions and earth observation.

His Life

Age Event Year
Born in Central Scotland 1973
16 Matriculated at the University of Glasgow 1989
21 Graduated BEng (Hons), Power Engineering 1994
22 Power Systems engineer, Surrey Satellite 1995
28 Graduated MSc Satellite Engineering, University of Surrey 2001
32 Founded Clyde Space Ltd, West of Scotland Science Park 2005
39 Scottish regional winner, KTP Awards, highly commended UK finals 2012
Member of UK Space Leadership Council
Chartered member of IET
Elected member of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
40 Awarded MBE for services to innovation and technology in June 2013
41 Scotland's first satellite - UKube-1 - designed and built by Clyde Space, launched in Russia 2014
43 Opened a US subsidiary, Clyde Space Inc. 2016
43 Clyde Space wins Glasgow Business Award for Innovation 2016
44 Clyde Space awarded Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation Category 2017
44 Clyde Space awarded Sunday Times Award for Innovation 2017
44 Inducted into the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame 2017
44 Honorary Fellow of IESIS 2017
47 Elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering 2020

His Legacy

In the last two years (2016-17) Glasgow has built more satellites than any other city in Europe. Craig Clark has galvanised the space engineering sector in Scotland.

More Information

Clyde Space Website
The father of Scotland's satellites BQ Live
Scottish space industry soaring high BBC News. 31 January 2017
Craig Clark awarded MBE Space Daily
Only way is up as sales leap at satellite maker Clyde Space The Herald, 28 October 2013
Download: Craig Clark acceptance speech Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame, James Watt Dinner, 7 October 2017

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