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Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory

Next generation concepts for the exploration and exploitation of space.

Space Mechatronics Systems Technology Laboratory

Advanced space mechatronic technology and systems development

Future Air-Space Transportation Technology

Innovative long-term research enabling the air transport and space access systems of the future.

Scottish Space School

Inspiring the next generation of engineers.

Centre for Space Science and Applications

Space physics and environmental monitoring of the Earth from space.

Strathclyde Space Institute

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The Strathclyde Space Institute is a multi-disciplinary venture addressing key challenges in space systems engineering, satellite applications and access to space. Our research centres and associated STEM outreach activities include:

Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory

The Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory is an award-winning research centre undertaking frontier research on visionary space systems. Our work is delivering radically new approaches to space systems engineering to underpin new space-derived products and services. Visit the ASCL Website.

Centre for Future Air-Space Transport Technology

The Centre for Future Air-Space Transportation Technology (cFASTT) is a multidisciplinary research unit that aims to develop and integrate the range of technological disciplines that will be required for future high-speed airliners and access-to-space systems to become a reality. Visit the cFASTT Website.

Space Mechatronics Systems Technology Laboratory

The Space Mechatronic Systems Technology (SMeSTech) Laboratory advances research in space related mechatronic technology and systems development. This is achieved by generating novel conceptual solutions for space exploitation which require high-level intelligence, fast response and efficiency.  Visit the SMeSTech Website.

Centre for Space Science and Applications

The Centre for Space Science and Applications works on a broad range of space physics problems, such as testing the Equivalence Principle and gravitational wave detection from space, and the exploitation of satellite data for environmental monitoring of the Earth’s Oceans. Visit the Centre for Space Science and Applications Website.

Scottish Space School

The Scottish Space School is an associated STEM activity which aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers by highlighting the career opportunities available to young people. The programme comprises a week long summer school with a mix of lectures and workshops delivered by leading researchers and NASA astronauts. Visit the Space School Website.

Contact Details

James Weir Building, 75 Montrose Street, Glasgow, G1 1XJ

0141 548 4851



The International Handbook of Space Technology

Dr Malcolm Macdonald (ASCL) together with Prof Viorel Badescu have published The International Handbook of Space Technology.

Double ASCL success with RSE Lessells Travel Scholarships

Two researchers from the ASCL are awarded scholarships to conduct research overseas.

Scottish centre to bring space technologies down to Earth

The Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications is to be launched at the University of Strathclyde. 

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cFASTT open 5 new PhD studentships

Five exciting new fully-funded studentships are now open on a variety of topics related to the Centre’s mission to perform the  dedicated long-term planning and research that is required to create the space access and air transport systems of the future. The application deadline is 30 June 2014. Read more... 

Strathclyde researchers have been experiencing life on Mars

Watch the interview on Scotland Tonight with Prof Richard Brown and Martin Kubicek, a PhD student within FASTT, who spent two week in the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah.

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