UK, Australian Space Agencies Agree to Develop a World’s First ‘Space Bridge’

NEWPORT, Wales (UK Space Agency PR) — The proposed ‘Space Bridge’, borne out of the highly successful ‘FinTech Bridge’ already in existence between the UK and Australia, will unlock greater collaboration between governments, regulators and industry.

The agreement, announced this morning at the UK Space Conference will further the ambitions set out in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two agencies in October 2018 and lay the foundations for swift and amicable negotiations for space-related opportunities under any potential future UK-Australia trading arrangements.


Cornwall Council Cabinet to Vote on $14.8 Million for Spaceport

CORNWALL, UK ( Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership PR) — Business and space industry leaders are backing plans to create the UK’s first horizontal launch spaceport in Cornwall.

Spaceport Cornwall would use planes rather than vertical take-off rockets to put satellites into space from Cornwall Airport Newquay as early as next year, in partnership with California-based launch company Virgin Orbit.


ÅAC Microtec Wins Upgrade Order from UK’s Satellite Applications Catapult

UPSALA, Sweden (ÅAC Microtec PR) — ÅAC Microtec AB’s subsidiary, Clyde Space, has signed a contract with the UK’s Satellite Applications Catapult to upgrade an existing order for the IOD Program from an 3U CubeSat to an enhanced 6U CubeSat. The contract value is 0.2 MGBP (approx. 2.5 MSEK) [$270,513].

The satellite is part of the In-Orbit Demonstration (IOD) Program, funded by Innovate UK, the UK Government’s innovation agency, and led by the Satellite Applications Catapult. The spacecraft will be delivered as the IOD-3 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) through launch providers Nanoracks in the second half of 2020.


Kepler Contracts with Clyde Space to Build 6U IoT CubeSat

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TORONTO (Kepler Communications PR) — Kepler has contracted leading UK small satellite manufacturer, ÅAC Clyde, for a 6U satellite bus in support of the machine-to-machine communications mission. This new platform, TARS, will be the third built by the company for Kepler’s growing constellation, offering satellite communication services for Internet of Things (IoT) and data backhaul applications. The mission is part of the UK’s Satellite Applications Catapult In-Orbit Demonstration Mission 5.


Lockheed Martin To Help UK Space Agency Build First Commercial Spaceport; Launch First Orbital Rocket

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FARNBOROUGH, England, July 16, 2018 (Northrop Grumman PR) — The UK Space Agency has selected Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) to help implement its vision for the UK Spaceflight Programme, an innovative initiative to create a world-leading commercial launch market that grows the UK economy through regular, reliable and responsible access to space.


Seraphim Space Tech Venture Capital Fund Reaches $95 Million Close

  • The world’s only dedicated space tech Venture Capital fund reaches £70m close
  • Europe’s leading space companies collectively supporting pioneering new fund
  • Former Google Earth CTO Michael Jones joins Seraphim as Managing Partner
  • Completed first 2 investments in leading nanosat constellations – Spire & Iceye

LONDON (Seraphim Capital PR) — A new revolution in Earth Observation is underway driven by low cost satellites and drones/UAVs enabling data that will be defining our changing world over the next decade. A new venture fund launched by Seraphim Capital has been established to capitalize on this opportunity.


Catapult Welcomes Launch of £50 Million Seraphim Space Fund

Satellite_Applications_Catapult_logoDIDCOT, England (Satellite Applications Catapult) — The Satellite Applications Catapult has welcomed the launch of the £50m Seraphim Space Fund, describing it as a “game-changing boost to the UK space industry”.

The UK-based fund is the first of its size anywhere in the world, focusing on investing in early-stage technology companies emerging from the ‘new space’ revolution. It will invest in commercial applications in both software and hardware opportunities, as well as in technologies that have potential space applications such as artificial intelligence, robotics and nanomaterials.


A Closer Look at Satellite Applications Catapult

Video Caption: The UK space sector is worth £11.8bn and aims to create a £40bn industry by 2030. The Catapult is tasked with helping generate £5bn of this total. Discover how we’re doing so.

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.


In-Orbit Demonstration Program for UK CubeSats

Two ESA CubeSats, the student-built AAUSat-5 and the professional technology demonstrator GomX-3, were deployed together from the International Space Station on 5 October 2015, going on to separate to begin their missions. (Credit: NASA)
Two ESA CubeSats, the student-built AAUSat-5 and the professional technology demonstrator GomX-3, were deployed together from the International Space Station on 5 October 2015, going on to separate to begin their missions. (Credit: NASA)

In-Orbit CubeSat Demonstration Program
Satellite Applications Catapult
Innovate UK

Opportunity code: OPP1014
Closing Date: 31 May 2016


The Satellite Applications Catapult and Innovate UK have announced the creation of an In-Orbit Demonstration Programme offering quick, regular and more affordable access to space for payload and platform technology providers to demonstrate technical and business propositions with a high projected return on investment and a clear route to a market.

The In-orbit Demonstration Programme takes advantage of the UK heritage in in-orbit demonstration (i.e. UKube-1 and TDS-1) and partnership with NewSpace companies. It offers flight-proven CubeSat platform solutions and frequent launch opportunities from the ISS provided by NanoRacks, via its Space Act Agreement with NASA’s U.S. National Lab.

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New UK Space Industry Expert Group to Focus on Low Cost Access to Space

UK_flagLONDON (UK Space Leadership Council PR) — Working under the auspices of the UK Space Leadership Council (SLC), a new Space Industry Advisory Group has been established to provide expertise on the requirements for a UK spaceport and associated small satellite launch operations.

Chaired by Stuart Martin, Chief Executive of the Satellite Applications Catapult, the Group comprises leading industrialists from the launch service community, the user domain of satellite manufacturing and operations, and from businesses focusing on delivery of downstream satellite services.

Reliable, accessible and low-cost access to space was identified as one of the essential enablers for long-term sustainable growth of the UK space sector in the 2010 Innovation and Growth Strategy (IGS). The Group will provide expert advice to the SLC on the infrastructure, technology and business of spaceports and launchers, and support stakeholders across government as they develop and implement the necessary policy and regulation.

Chairman, Stuart Martin, said: “The challenge of securing reliable, low-cost access to space creates a real opportunity for a complete end-to-end service from the UK. Establishing an operational spaceport will position the UK to take advantage of emerging demand for small satellite launches and scientific microgravity research, and to respond to future demand for space tourism and commercial space flight.”

Satellite Applications Catapult Helps Oxford Space Systems Secure Investment

Satellite_Applications_Catapult_logoOXFORD, England (Satellite Applications Catapult PR) — The Satellite Applications Catapult is delighted to have supported Oxford Space Systems (OSS) in securing £1.2m [$1.86 million] worth of investment from a combination of institutional and private investors.

Harwell-based OSS launched in September 2013 to develop novel hardware solutions for space that are lighter, less complex and lower cost than existing products. In the past two years, the company has worked closely with the Catapult, benefitting from initial business support and collaboration, later followed by a Business Sprint, focusing in particular on investment readiness.


ESA Signs Agreement With Venture Capital Fund

ESA logoPARIS (ESA PR) — ESA will give the most promising European space applications, services and technologies the chance to access a substantial new source of venture capital finance.

ESA has signed an agreement with the £83 million (€116 million) Seraphim Space & Special Situations Fund to work alongside ESA’s Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) Applications programme. The Fund will also back other space-related investment opportunities beyond ESA.


Satellite Applications Catapult Signs MOU for Houston Spaceport

EllingtonAirportHoustonHARWELL, England (Satellite Applications Catapult PR) — The Satellite Applications Catapult signed a Memorandum of Understanding today with the City of Houston Airport System and the Houston Spaceport to become the first international partner for the city’s commercial spaceport. The MOU states a partnership between the two organisations and the intention to work together in the future.

The announcement was made today as part of a public event where Houston Mayor Annise Parker also announced the creation of a new commercial spaceport in Houston. Representatives from the UK Satellite Applications Catapult, the Federal Aviation Administration, NASA Johnson Space Center, and the Rice Space Institute were all present during the event.


UK Satellite Applications Catapult Seeks Space Demonstration Ideas

In_Orbit_Demonstration_ProjectThe Satellite Applications Catapult, an independent technology and innovation company, is inviting the submission of technology ideas and concepts for demonstration in space. This is part of a feasibility study to develop an up-to-date and comprehensive inventory of potential technologies for In-Orbit Demonstration (IOD).

The study, commissioned by the Technology Strategy Board, involves the Catapult working with institutional, industrial and academic partners to establish a resilient, sustainable and iterative UK IOD Programme.