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Tiny satellite could revolutionise meter reading

Gas and electricity meters could soon be read by a tiny satellite being developed by scientists from the Univerity of Strathclyde and Glasgow firm Clyde Space.

The CubeSat measuring 10cm by 10cm and weighing 1kg could be used to collect information from remote sites such as wind farms and widely spread sources such as meters. The research project started in July and is being funded for two years.

Prof Colin McInnes, from the university, said: 'Scotland has became a major player in the space arena, and we'll be doing even more in the future.'

Craig Clark, chief executive at Clyde Space, said: 'This project is going to be a key contributor to the growth of the space industry in our country.'