Local man’s firm to Launch ‘Coke Can’ satellite

A Mullingar native has been greatly instrumental in the creation of a tiny satellite by Glasgow firm Alba Orbital.

The small Scots start-up company is about to launch its own satellite into space, which is the size of a drinks can.

After a year’s development, the company has created the cuboid shaped satellite to be used to monitor aeroplanes and are ready to see it launched into space on the back of a Russian rocket early next year.

The satellite – which is no bigger than a can of Coke – is the smallest of its kind made in the UK, and will be deployed in a pod, before blasting out into the darkness of the solar system.