AAC Clyde Space Wins Contract to Develop Orbital Manoeuvring Vehicle Solar Panels

GLASGOW (AAC Clyde Space PR) — AAC Clyde Space has been selected to develop a new solar panel for Moog’s new Small Launch Orbital Manoeuvring Vehicle (SL-OMV), a space tug designed to deploy Cubesat constellations and guide small satellites to their final orbit. The order value is 340,000 GBP (approx. 4.0 MSEK) with planned delivery during the first quarter of 2021.

Moog will supply the Small Launch Orbital Manoeuvring Vehicle (SL-OMV) to Lockheed Martin as part of the UK Spaceflight Programme, supported by the UK Space Agency. The lightweight vehicle is a propulsive tug to be used on rockets dedicated to the launch of small satellites.

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AAC Clyde Space to Develop Next-Gen Satellites With 3.2 Million Pound Award from Scottish Enterprise

GLASGOW, Scotland (AAC Clyde Space PR) — AAC Clyde Space Glasgow will develop, manufacture and gain in-orbit heritage on its next generation nano and small satellites having secured financial support from Scottish Enterprise (SE). With a standardized and modularized design, the satellites will combine cutting edge technology with constellation ready productization.

An SE research and development grant of up to GBP 2.3M (approx. SEK 27M) will finance 50 % of AAC Clyde Space’s costs for developing the next generation of satellites. The grant will be paid out over a three-year period starting July 2020 and will support activities related to R&D, new equipment acquisitions and the creation of new jobs.

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Scottish Solar Panel to Fly on UK Space Launch

Solar panel (Credit: Clyde Space)

Glasgow-based AAC Clyde Space will manufacture a new solar panel for space vehicles launched from UK vertical spaceports.

GLASGOW (UK Space Agency PR) — AAC Clyde Space played an integral role in Glasgow’s emergence as a global hub for satellite manufacturing and built the UK Space Agency’s first national satellite, which was launched in 2014. The company’s expertise in space systems will now play a vital role in supporting the UK’s plans to become Europe’s leading small satellite launch destination.

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OMS Selects AAC Clyde Space for UKSLP Mission

OXFORDSHIRE, England, April 3, 2020 (Orbital Micro Systems PR) – Orbital Micro Systems (OMS), a leader in advanced instrumentation for small satellite missions and analysis-ready earth data intelligence platforms, announced it has selected Glasgow-based AAC Clyde Space to provide a 6U satellite bus for the UK Space Launch Programme (UK-SLP). The mission is planned for early 2021, which will be the first launch from UK soil through the UK-SLP project that is managed by Lockheed Martin.

Under the terms of the contract, OMS and AAC Clyde Space will collaborate to integrate the instrumentation and bus for launch. The companies previously collaborated on the IOD-1 GEMS mission, which successfully deployed the first commercial microwave radiometer in space.

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Exotrail Secures Contract with AAC Clyde Space to Equip Spacecraft for Eutelsat’s ELO 3 and 4

PARIS (Exotrail PR) — Exotrail, a French company dedicated to providing innovative on-orbit transportation solutions for the small satellite market have announced today that they have signed a contract with AAC Clyde Space, Europe’s leading nanosatellite solutions specialist.

Exotrail will equip them with cutting-edge propulsion solutions for their customer, the global satellite telecommunications leader Eutelsat, for its ELO 3 and ELO 4 spacecrafts.The French company will provide propulsion systems for the two 6U CubeSats which will be manufactured and delivered to orbit by AAC Clyde Space.

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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.

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Kepler Communications Launches Demo Satellite for Ku-band Internet of Things Constellation

TORONTO, Jan. 22, 2018 (Kepler Communications PR) — A new era in space communications began on Friday, January 19 with the successful launch of an ultra-low-cost telecommunications satellite from Canada-based Kepler Communications. The mission serves as a technology demonstration for Kepler’s novel Ku-band telecommunications payload, and offers the best price per MHz of any communication satellite on the market.

With this launch, the Canadian start-up becomes the first commercial company ever to launch and successfully operate a LEO communications satellite in Ku-band. This highly valuable frequency band is ideal for telecommunication services, and is currently being sought for use by many companies planning on deploying mega-constellations of satellites. Kepler’s network of satellites will eventually enable in-space connectivity for other satellites, space stations, and transport vehicles.

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Global Small Satellites Market Anticipated to Reach $10.1 Billion by 2021

BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota, December 22, 2017 (BIS Research PR) — According to a market intelligence report by BIS Research titled Global Small Satellites Market, Analysis & Forecast, 2017-2021, the global market is expected to reach $10.10 billion by 2021, growing at a CAGR of 31.9% during the forecast period, 2017 – 2021. In the recent years, small satellites have gained traction owing to the significant mass reduction in the subsystems and components along with higher cost-efficiency. The interest in small satellites has increased significantly during the last few years. Over the past decade, nearly $2.5 billion has been invested in small satellites, of which half of the amount was generated in the last two to three years.

Browse 21 Market Data Tables and 125 Figures spread through 266 Pages and in-depth TOC on “Global Small Satellites Market

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AAC Microtec Acquires Clyde Space

UPPSALA, Sweden (AAC Microtec PR) — The Swedish space tech company ÅAC Microtec AB (“AAC”) has today entered into a share sale and purchase agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in UK based Clyde Space Ltd (“Clyde Space”) (the “Transaction”), the leading player in the global, high-growth CubeSat market.

The acquisition will be paid for with 30 466 326 newly issued shares in AAC and GBP 2 million in cash, equivalent to approximately SEK 294 million (at a share price of 8.90 SEK/share). After completion of the acquisition, Clyde Space owners will hold 49 percent of AAC.

Being a fast-growing forerunner in the “New Space” market, Clyde Space has supplied complete platforms as well as over 2,000 subsystems for small spacecraft. In the CubeSat sector, Clyde Space is a market leader, supporting around 30-40 percent of all current and past missions. For the period Q1-Q3 2017, Clyde Space’s revenues amounted to approximately GBP 3.98 million, corresponding to approximately million SEK 45 million. EBITDA for the same period amounted to approximately GBP -0.03 million, corresponding to approximately SEK -0.3 million[1]. The company employs 77 individuals in Glasgow, Scotland.
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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.