Clyde Space, Teledyne e2v Team on Quantum Technology

GLASGOW, Scotland (Clyde Space PR) — Clyde Space, Europe’s leading manufacturer of miniature satellites, has announced a partnership with conglomerate Teledyne e2v to deliver a world-first in satellite technology.

Craig Clark MBE, Clyde Space CEO, said in conjunction with Teledyne e2v “We will create a new wave of space applications”.

With a high-tech solution provided by Clyde Space, the project team led by Teledyne e2v working with research partner the University of Birmingham, is using quantum technology to provide a state-of-the-art technical solution capable of creating ultra-sensitive ‘cold atoms’ in space. The project is funded by Innovate UK, the ‘UK’s innovation agency’ and also includes leading edge technology from project partners Gooch & Housego, XCAM, Covesion and the University of Southampton.

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Clyde Space Boosts Management Team

Will Whitehorn, Jennifer Riddell-Dillet and Craig Clark. (Credit: Clyde Space)
Will Whitehorn, Jennifer Riddell-Dillet and Craig Clark. (Credit: Clyde Space)

GLASGOW (Clyde Space PR) — Clyde Space, the pioneering company which designed and manufactured Scotland’s first spacecraft, has announced two major appointments to its management team including the former President of Virgin Galactic.

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Smallsat 2016: Updates on European Programs

clyde_spaceThere were updates given during the past week at the Small Satellite Conference and the CubeSat Workshop on European activities. Clyde Space provided an overview of the planned Outernet constellation. Nammo Raufoss provided an update on its nanosat launcher. European Space Agency (ESA)  officials also discussed the agency’s smallsat activities.

Below are summaries of those presentations from Tweets by Jeff Foust (@jeff_foust), David Hurst (‏@OrbitalDave) and RITSpaceExploration (‏@RITSPEX).

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News Briefs: Cool Clyde, UrtheCast Layoffs & Chinese Megascope

clyde_spaceClyde Stays Cool: While many in the United Kingdom are (figuratively) losing their heads over Brexit, smallsat maker Clyde Space of Scotland is taking the vote to leave the European Union in stride.

“We really don’t do that much business in Europe,” CEO Craig Clark said. “Our first contracts were in Asia, Japan, South Africa and the U.S. and it actually took us a few years to get a contract in the EU. We will be relatively unaffected by this.”

UrtheCast Lays Off Staff: UrtheCast laid off a dozen employees in San Francisco and gave three others the option of working from home as the company consolidated operations at its headquarters in Vacouver, B.C.

The company had about 250 employees before the layoffs.

China Completes Mega Telescope: China has completed the world’s largest radio telescope, which is called the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST). The telescope, which has 4,450 panels on it, will search for signs of alien life.

Clyde Space ‘Catapults’ to More Success

clyde_spaceGLASGOW, Scotland (Clyde Space PR) — Clyde Space, Scotland’s leading-edge space technology company, is to provide the satellites for a new pilot programme offering quick, regular and more affordable access to space.

The Glasgow-based company announced today it has been commissioned by the Satellite Applications Catapult and Innovate UK to build four CubeSats for the £1.5 million project.

The satellites will eventually be launched from the International Space Station (ISS) in an ‘in-orbit demonstration’ (IOD) of technical and business propositions that have a high projected return on investment. The Launch opportunities from the ISS are provided by NanoRacks, via its Space Act Agreement with NASA’s U.S. National Lab.

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Video: First Minister Visits Clyde Space

Video Caption: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited Clyde Space, a pioneering company based in Glasgow, which designed and manufactured Scotland’s first satellite.

Scotland’s Clyde Space Expands to the States

clyde_spaceGLASGOW, Scotland, 27 January 2016 (Clyde Space PR) — Clyde Space, the pioneering company which designed and manufactured Scotland’s first satellite, today announced it is opening its first subsidiary company in the United States

As First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited the company’s Glasgow headquarters today, CEO Craig Clark also revealed that to meet rising demand for the company’s pace-setting products, it has increased its current manufacturing capacity by creating an additional 2500 square feet ‘clean room’ for building and testing satellites.

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UKube-1 Completes Mission

UKube-1 satellite
UKube-1 satellite (Credit: Clyde Space)

SWINDON, UK (UKSA PR)– UKube-1, the UK Space Agency’s first national spacecraft, has now completed its nominal mission following over 14 months of operations.

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UKSA, Clyde Space to Provide Global Broadband Via CubeSats

clyde_spaceSWINTON, England (UKSA PR) — The UK Space Agency has teamed up with British company Clyde Space and American company Outernet to develop a telecommunications service that can be offered via a constellation of low-cost CubeSats. Such a constellation could revolutionise the provision of low-cost broadband to remote regions of the world.

Clyde Space’s CubeSat expertise will help Outernet to push forward with this unique project to supply a cheap and mass-producible alternative to traditional telecommunications infrastructure. UK Space Agency funding for the project is through its International Partnership Space Programme (IPSP) which funds British companies to work with international partners developing satellite technology to tackle issues like flooding, deforestation and humanitarian crises in emerging economies.

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Clyde Space Announces Record Satellite Orders

clyde_spaceGLASGOW, Scotland (Clyde Space PR) — Clyde Space, the Glasgow-based company putting Scotland’s first satellite into space, has announced record orders of around £3 million [£3.63 million/$5 million] for the last year. The record-breaking figure was announced by CEO, Craig Clark MBE, as he revealed new orders from the US Air Force Academy and the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-ISAB).

Craig also announced that the company was expanding because of increasing demand for its pace-setting products and was actively seeking new premises to enable it to treble the size of its manufacturing and design space to 10,000sq ft.

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Clyde Space, University of Glasgow Develop Speed Brake for CubeSats

AEOLDOS (Credit: Clyde Space)

GLASGOW, Scotland (Clyde Space PR) — Engineers at the University of Glasgow and Clyde Space Ltd have developed a practical solution to the increasing problem of space debris.

The Aerodynamic End Of Life Deorbit System, or AEOLDOS, is a lightweight, foldable ‘aerobrake’ which can be added to small satellites known as CubeSats before they are launched into low Earth orbit. Once the satellite has reached the end of its operational life, the lightweight aerobrake opens to generate aerodynamic drag that will de-orbit the spacecraft.

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UKSA’s First Cubesat Taking Shape

UKube-1. (Credit: Clyde Space)

UKSA PR — UKube-1, the programme to launch the UK Space Agency’s first Cubesat mission, has reached an important milestone. Two payloads have now undergone pre-integration testing at Clyde Space’s facilities in Glasgow.

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Clyde Space Receives UKSA Funding for CubeSat Projects

CLYDE SPACE PR — Clyde Space has been awarded funding for two advanced space technology development projects. The projects are joint developments; the first with the Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory at University of Strathclyde and the second with Mars Space Ltd in Southampton. These projects are part of the UK Space Agency’s National Space Technology Programme (NSTP) where twenty-nine projects are receiving grant funding to develop commercial products and services using space technology or space-derived data and are part of the ‘Space for Growth’ competition lasting between 6 and 9 months.

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UKSA Awards £2.5 Million for Commercial R&D Projects

UKSA PR — Twenty-two innovative British companies are to share £2.5 million ($3.97 million) of government support for the design and development cutting-edge space products and technologies.

As part of the UK Space Agency’s National Space Technology Programme (NSTP), twenty-nine projects are receiving grant funding to develop commercial products and services using space technology or space-derived data. These ‘fast-track projects’ applied as part of the ‘Space for Growth’ competition, and each will last between 6 and 9 months. The projects will carry out research and development in: Satellite Telecommunications; Sensing; Position, Navigation & Timing; Robotics & Exploration and Access to Space.

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UKube-1 Passes Final Design Review

Artist's impression of UKube-1. (Credit: Clydespace)

UKSA PR — The UK Space Agency and Astrium have just approved the final design of UKube-1 – the UK’s first CubeSat mission.

On the 3rd and 4th November 2011, a young team of engineers from Clyde Space presented their final design to a team of experts for the Critical Design Review (CDR) – the typical ‘gateway’ for space missions to proceed into the flight build and implementation phase.

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