18 May 2010
Lootah Technical Centre signs MoU with Scotland-based Clyde Space

Lootah Technical Centre (LTC), a competency based education and training centre and part of the S.S. Lootah Group, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Clyde Space Ltd, a spacecraft system engineering and nano-satellite specialist based in Glasgow, Scotland. The signing ceremony was held on the sidelines of the ‘Engineering Day’ seminar and workshop hosted recently by LTC, where Mr. Yousif Saeed Lootah, Deputy CEO of LTC and Ritchie Logan, Business Development Manager of Clyde Space inked the agreement.

The MoU aims to explore the development of ‘Cubesat’ projects for nano/micro satellite space programs to serve the needs of the MENA region. Clyde Space, a leading supplier of spacecraft systems for small satellite missions, will collaborate with LTC to offer education & training in building and integrating CubeSat and its sub-systems. The future scope of the MoU will expand to develop CubeSat business in the region in addition to providing consultancy and advisory services. Cubesats are miniature satellites usually only 10 cm tall and wide and used extensively in space research.

“Our partnership with Clyde Space is in-line with our unique business model where education and industry merge. We are happy to collaborate towards a sustainable innovative approach in the development of human capital in the strategic sector of space technology, in line with the vision of our leadership.  Through this, we aim to serve the requirements of the satellite industry in the region,” said Yousif Saeed Lootah, Deputy CEO of LTC.

LTC has developed several technological innovations indigenously in various sectors spanning transport, renewable energy and more. It seeks to facilitate a knowledge incubation process through a unique methodology of ‘Teaching, Training and Applying’.

Ritchie Logan, Business Development Manager of Clyde Space commented, “We are very excited to have secured this MOU with Lootah Technical Centre. Clyde Space recognises the huge potential for space and satellite technology in the MENA region – with particular focus on our core competency of CubeSat systems and subsystems. We look forward to making a big impact on the market with our brand and know-how and LTC’s strong local network and ground knowledge.”

The two-day ‘Engineering Day’ seminar and workshop was received positively by all participants that included senior business executives from the public & private sectors, as well as representatives from government entities and technology students. The seminar saw international experts address and explore new business opportunities in advanced engineering sectors such as space and satellite, renewable energy, electric cars and nuclear power plants, aerospace among others.