Alba Orbital Ltd (PocketQube Shop) based in Glasgow, Scotland, wants to get more people building and launching their own satellites. The company provides a hub for PocketQube satellites by offering a onestopshop with the largest selection of parts available anywhere.
It aims to provide for small budget organizations and amateurs who wish to be part of the “DIY space race”. The satellite costs about the same price as a car with a starting price of £20,000. These minuscule satellites can carry programmes such as tracking of birds or measuring Earth’s magnetic field.
To launch the satellites, these can be hitched onto another rocket where there is space for an extra satellite. Alba Orbital Ltd serves as a point of contact between PocketQube builders and aerospace companies. So far, 4 PocketQube satellites have been launched in 2013, from Russia on a Dnepr1 rocket. One of them is Wren. Operated by a German startup named STAKIDO, this miniaturized satellite weighting 0.25 kg is equipped with a camera system to photograph the Earth, the Sun and deep space objects. The next launch is scheduled for the second semester of 2016 with the rocket UniSat7. It is operated by G.A.U.S.S. who is currently looking for other CubeSats to include in the satellite.
Funding was accessed first through the crowd funding website Kickstarter on which it exceeded its $5,000 target in a few hours. In October 2014, it won the SMART award by Scottish Enterprise with a £84,000 funding which contributed towards developing a first commercially available Electrical Power System (EPS) for PocketQube class Satellites. The startup is expanding the product line to cover the full range of offtheshelf parts necessary to build nanosats.
CNN named the company in its ‘Going Global in 2015: 10 startups to watch’ list. It was also named in the ’20 innovations for 2015’ list by the Guardian.
The team at Archangel Aerospace have worked on HAPS since 2002 and, since the company was founded in 2010, they have conducted more HAPS operations than anyone else. They are pivoting from supplying consulting expertise to supplying a large scale solution.
Only 10% of the data generated by earth observation today can be transmitted to the ground. This will drop to <1% with new sensors and imaging satellites. The data transmission demands are growing exponentially and current supply is limited by the physics of radios and the available spectrum. Laser communications are limited by cloud.
Archangel Aerospace will fly laser communications in the stratosphere, above the weather, to 10x the data downloadable. They have developed a prototype laser terminal and tested it on low altitude drones this year. With offices located at the Harwell campus and Oxford they have access to the clean rooms, manufacturing and prototyping facilities required to execute the project and our employees have years of experience in the aerospace industry (aircraft, spacecraft and ground segment).
Arralis designs and manufactures the world’s best performing high frequency semiconductor chips up to and beyond ultra-fast 110GHz. These are being used in the next generation of aerospace and security products where high speed and reliability is vital.
Arralis’ technology enables ultra-high speed and high resolution radar. This is essential in many different applications. Just one example of its importance is its use on-board low flying helicopters, which frequently need to be able to see and avoid buildings, power lines and weather systems such as dust storms. Arralis’ semiconductor chips enable high speed and high resolution radar to spot these, before they become a risk to the helicopter.
Arralis has developed world-leading expertise in radio frequency, micro and millimetre-wave technology. Arralis’ products, which are the ultimate in precision and innovation, are used in both global and space environments where accuracy and reliability are critical. Arralis’ semiconductor chips ensure better data transmission speeds to and from satellites than any other provider in the world.
In just one example of its work, Arralis developed a 94GHz radar system for the European Space Agency. There are many threats to the success of a space mission; launching and landing the spacecraft carry the highest rate of failure during the mission. This radar system is a particularly innovative technology in that it is capable of recognising small objects such as rocks. The radar identifies zones of danger where landing the spacecraft would most likely fail or damage the structure. Similarly, the precision of this instrument is of vital importance when in space because of the amount of debris orbiting the planet.
Established in 2010, run by a proven management team, Atout Process Limited is a microSME with a track record of profitable growth, based around innovative non-invasive electromagnetic measurement techniques that allow us to see inside pipes, into vessels, through opaque barriers and weigh without touching.
Atout core technologies include Electrical Capacitance Tomography (ECT), Magnetic Inductance Tomography (MIT), Electrical Velocity Tomography (EVT), and other novel techniques. The company has been establishing applications in a variety of industrial sectors including Energy and Food, measuring complex flows of valuable commodities.
Whilst these markets continue to progress, Atout is now repositioning around an exciting new application, measuring the most valuable commodities of all, propellants in space.
Bird.i aims to deliver Earth Observation (EO) data to the mass market; making Earth observation ‘social’.
Maps and Earth Observation imagery have increasing importance to our daily lives and global economy. There is an incredible growth in the quantity of Earth imagery which enables highly accurate observation of large-scale events. This has useful applications in all walks of life: from those attending festivals to those who are looking for high resolution images for humanitarian reasons. However, often mapping and Earth Observation imagery are prohibitively expensive and beyond the reach of the everyday person. Although there are mapping services that provide information, often, these satellite images are outdated and not ‘live’. Imagine taking a real time selfie from space. Bird.i enables this.
Traditional data provision models have relied on disseminating low – volume, high cost images to high value customers. In this model, only a fraction of the wider audience of individuals and businesses can derive value from this information. Bird.i aims to make fresh and quality observations available to a wide range of consumers. This will exploit captive markets, such as online travel or estate agencies, and the wider wealth of online, real time georeferenced data.
Earth Observation is also a powerful tool to provide high-revisit coverage of specific regions. Data about our planet gathered from space finds wide ranges of applications, such as air pollution measurements, natural disaster predictions and consequences as well as the pace of deforestation. It can measure the entirety of human impact on Earth. The business model relies on determining locations of high demand, acquiring relevant imagery from multiple data sources and delivering the results directly to customers. The aim is to acquire and sell only the pixels that matter, maximising their value by selling them multiple times.
Blue Skies Space was started in 2014 and offers a new model to commission and fund astrophysics satellites for a worldwide user base of academic researchers. In the context of the space sector, the cost of accessing space is going down, more companies are launching small satellites, using off the shelf components which make this much quicker and cheaper. Blue Skies Space is looking to capitalize on this satellite growth and help increase academic researchers’ access to data.
The initial activities of the company are aimed at delivering astrophysics satellites, with the first project, Twinkle (www.twinkle-spacemission.co.uk), being currently designed, together with Surrey Satellites Technology, specifically to observe the atmospheres of exoplanets (planets orbiting distant stars), at a total cost of £50M ($~76M). The company aims to become the world-leading provider of scientific data for astrophysics researchers as a commercial service.
Blue Skies Space vision is to regularly deliver satellites tailored to specific astrophysical observations as a global commercial service. Its first project, Twinkle, focuses on exoplanet spectroscopy, a priority science area worldwide with huge demand for observational data. Twinkle is currently undergoing design completion. It is planned for launch by 2019 and will operate for 5 to 10 years.
The scientific study of exoplanet atmospheres answers important questions about how planets are formed, how atmospheres change and whether our solar system is unique. Apart from satisfying human curiosity and contributing to our understanding about which other planets could be habitable, this also has practical implications to help us better understand the physics governing atmospheric change on our own planet.
Bright Ascension started in 2011 to offer a fresh and innovative approach to engineering research and development in the space industry and other high technology areas. Bright Ascension offers on-board and ground software for satellite missions that is affordable and reliable.
Drawing upon the founder’s experience, the company is able to offer off-the-shelf products which can be tailored to the needs of a particular mission. The start-up also provides Mission control software, the interface between on the ground operators and the satellite.
Bright Ascension is different from other companies in the satellite software space in that it is highly agile: it provides a software product that allows its customers to build upon an established software framework and then customise as they need. This saves time and money and is putting the power of nanosatellites and CubeSats in the hands of people and organisations that would not have been able to launch their own satellite ten years ago. This is opening up exciting new scientific, commercial and educational applications to universities, research institutions and innovative Space start-ups.
Bright Ascension also provides software for the Outernet non-profit organisation, which is helping millions of people in the developing world receive information through satellites. This information ranges from weather forecasts to the price of commodities. It is particularly helpful for farmers in rural and developing regions.
Bright Ascension developed the on board software for UKube-1, a nanosatellite launched on the 8th of July 2014, as part of the UK CubeSat programme. This CubeSat, which is about the size of a loaf of bread, includes six different experiments such as science instruments, amateur radio, technology demonstration and outreach. One of the experiments was a school engagement programme where students were able to connect with the satellite as it passed overhead.
With “end-to-end” delivery at its core, e2E was established in 1999 to provide communications engineering, integration and technical consultancy services to clients operating within the telecommunications Industry.
Whilst satellite communications remains our dominant sector, terrestrial, wireless and cellular networks is also undergoing convergence at both the technical and operational levels. Our engineering and implementation experience is helping bridge this harmonisation and we now provide our services into both the governmental (namely Defence) and commercial sectors.
The provision of communication services to clients over the years has enabled the Company to be at the forefront of innovation through targeted technologies and service concepts.
The Company is increasingly participating in the development of leading edge innovative technologies to provide for more affordable satellite communications. Traditional approaches continue to be a barrier to entry for smaller enterprises due to cost, coverage and complexity issues.
The pursuit of more affordable communications is founded on our belief that new cheaper innovative delivery platforms (IDPs) including Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), High Altitude Platforms (HAPs) and small satellites will increasingly be used to deliver competitive communications into niche areas where current offerings are non-existent or unsuitable.
Our NEATaccess communications equipment together with our NEATdelivery uninterrupted service delivery technology is fostering our ambition to create a disruptive change in the delivery of future satellite communications. This belief is further fuelling our underlying Research and Development (R&D) initiatives.
Ecometrica is the only company that combines geospatial mapping and earth observation technology with traditional environmental accounting for a total organisational sustainability picture, all within a single platform that can be easily controlled by non-expert users. From one map, decision makers can observe change, assess risk, spot opportunities and create strategic plans.
Ecometrica has a team of recognised experts in sustainability accounting, remote sensing and GIS.The company has unrivalled experience in environmental assessments and natural capital accounting, and the Ecometrica Platform brings clarity to environmental and natural resource challenges by combining earth observation data with local information and business intelligence.
Ecometrica has offices in the UK, US and Canada, and clients worldwide. However, primarily, Ecometrica is a rapidly growing business with a software platform that was built in-house, from scratch, by one of the most experienced environmental analyst and development teams in the business.
The emerging corporate market for mapping software, which will help to bring clarity to internal data assets and external supply chains, is still in its relative infancy – but Ecometrica has been developing solutions in anticipation since 2008, when the market crystallises, it will be there to lead it.
Geocento has built an online marketplace to enable anyone to obtain Earth Observation data quickly from satellites, in the knowledge that we will find the most appropriate imagery for them and ensure that they get the best deal. With support from an online platform and supplier database, it provides customers with prices for existing, recent imagery or provides them with a set of quotes for new image surveys of a location. This is a comparison platform offering, for up-to-date and custom-fit information on a location beyond that offered by Google Earth or other generic services. Furthermore, the marketplace is already being licensed as a web platform by third parties to help them streamline their own image distribution or access. The market for satellite imagery is currently in excess of $1Billion and has an annual growth rate estimated at 13.7%.
Geocento was formed in late 2011 to provide a consolidated solution in a fragmented market for satellite imagery, helping business consumers to obtain the imagery they require for a wide range of applications. Look around, wherever you are, and you will see buildings, fields and resources of one form or another that can be surveyed, assessed quickly, easily and increasingly price competitively, for whatever purpose, be it for spraying fertiliser where it is needed, assessing damage from a storm or carrying out urban planning. Geocento is now providing this service, with early online sales underpinned by a web-based technologies as well as space industry expertise and supplier relationships. Geocento is in a position to scale up this business and at the same time to extend the supplier network to unmanned aerial vehicles (drones). This latter market is even more fragmented and will grow substantially as the regulatory environment becomes established in the US and EU over the next 2 years. The result will be a uniquely inclusive marketplace for imagery serving a very broad market.
Geocento is also keen to access qualified drone operators and imagery through a set of regional brokers and has already started this process. Geocento is a consolidator in a highly fragmented market and has ambitious plans to provide a marketplace for imagery from both satellites and drones. The latter will be one of the major disruptive technologies of the coming decade.
Goonhilly Earth Station (GES) Ltd is the owner and operator of the world’s most famous satellite ground station. Based in the far South West of the UK, Goonhilly received the first transatlantic TV pictures in 1962 and from there grew to become the pioneer in satellite communications, present at the birth of Intelsat, Inmarsat and Eutelsat. As the UK’s main international telephone exchange and TV broadcast location, Goonhilly has a global reputation for innovation and excellence.
Now in private ownership, GES Ltd is developing Goonhilly into a diverse and highly innovative space technology and applications centre. It’s secure, and highly capable site occupies over 160 acres and is home to some of the largest antennas in Europe. The operate 24/7 providing satellite communication and telecommand services to all of the major satellite operators.
Goonhilly’s entrepreneurial business model combines a number of complementary vertical market segments each with a direct link to space or data. This diversity significantly lowers their operating risk by spreading our fixed overheads allowing them to offer a combination of brilliant service and excellent value-for-money.
The experience, knowledge and commitment of its staff is recognised by its clients as their strongest asset.
Gyana is a space technology company. The company uses machine learning to make Big Data analysis available to everyone, during their everyday lives. It has created a broad range of technologies that use deep mathematical analysis models and machine learning techniques combined with space technologies to enable real time big data to help users assess the world around them. The machine learning techniques are absolutely cutting edge and one of their kind in the world. Gyana uses its own in-house mathematical research to create these unique solutions.
For example, this means it allows users to get a sense of what an area is like and learns from their mood whether it will suit them. For instance, if a user was in the mood to go out in London it would tell them how busy Covent Garden is compared with other areas of London. It would also provide insight on transport infrastructure, crime rates and other interesting trends.
Gyana has developed a unique system that helps sonify large sets of data. The experimental psychologists at Gyana were able to find that people respond better to sounds and imagery, rather than text. Therefore uniquely, the app communicates with its user through the use of sounds and imagery to communicate analysis.
Founded by Joyeeta Das and Mark Gilbert, the team counts three post doctorates and four Masters students from Oxford University among its founding staff. The team consists of some of the brightest mathematical minds at Oxford University.
Gyana was born in 2014 with an Oxford University summer accelerator program. Joyeeta Das is an active and successful entrepreneur, currently a core committee member of Oxford Business Network where she acts as Head of Business Plan Feasibility.
Besides her entrepreneurial and technology interests, she has a wide range of humanitarian experience, as a volunteer as well as the founder of Anahata Life. This NGO gathers scientists, artists, politicians, dancers, engineers to create projects with an innovative approach to social causes. She was featured by The Times as “Young Achievers in India”. She also received several awards for her work with Cisco.
Mars Space Ltd (MSL) is a SME formed in 2007 and based in Southampton. The company’s main area of expertise lies in space electric propulsion. Space propulsion is the technology behind the movement of spacecraft. Space electric propulsion came in to compensate the physical limitations of chemical space propulsion.
MSL was born as a spinoff company from the University of Southampton (UoS). The entire staff of MSL holds a doctorate and is composed mostly of current and former UoS staff members/students. At present Mars Space Ltd has a turnover of about £400,000 and a total of 5 full time employees. MSL has over 100 years of experience in the field of space propulsion, through the cumulated work of its directors and employees.
Since its incorporation MSL has been involved in several R&D activities carrying out the design, manufacture, testing, modelling and qualification of several electric propulsion devices covering power levels ranging from 2W to 50kW. MSL has acquired its own premises in 2011 and has now a fully equipped propulsion laboratory with all the necessary diagnostic to directly verify the performance of various propulsion technologies.
The company notably developed the first pulsed plasma thruster for Cubesat application, PPTCUP.
Incorporated in the UK in July 2015, Open Cosmos is a company that provides simple and affordable space access. It solves the three main space access barriers: technology, paperwork and cost.
They do this by offering a in-house built nanosatellite platform and a series of services around it (e.g. launch and ground segment procurement, licensing and insurance paperwork, in-orbit operations) so that the customer only has to take care of providing the payload, and Open Cosmos takes care of all the rest, bringing the in-orbit generated data to the customer’s desk.
All in all, it is a one-stop-shop space access provider solution with market record price and time to orbit.
Open Cosmos has gone from design to delivery of its first nanosatellite in only 4 months and it will be launched into orbit on the 30th of December. It is also official supplier of the European Space Agency’s Education Office and has provided more than 600 educational sub-orbital platforms to students all over Europe, so that they can learn following Open Cosmos’ mindset and become the next generation of space engineers.
Open Cosmos is now testing the second generation of its nanosatellite platform and doing feasibility studies for customers that involve up to 12 satellites.
Voted best “UK Technology Start-Up” in 2015, venture capital backed Oxford Space Systems is bringing a new generation of deployable structures to the space industry. Market pressure drives satellites to be ever more mass & volume efficient. This means deployable structures such as antennas, solar panels and booms are under constant pressure to be as light and as stowage efficient as possible. OSS uses its flight proven proprietary materials, such as flexible composites, to deliver structures that are lighter, more stowage efficient and lower cost than those in current demand.
Oxford Space Systems (OSS) is developing proprietary materials that, when combined with design techniques such as origami, allow it produce class-leading deployables for a range of commercial and military applications. The company has also developed unique proprietary analytical tools for the modelling and tuning of its flexible composite materials. This significantly reduces both cost and development time of its products. This is showcased by the setting a space industry record by going from product concept to orbit in under 30 months. This was achieved with its AstroTube™ flexible composite boom, the world’s longest retractable boom system.
Revenue generating since inception in late 2013, profitable contracts have been secured with a number of European and Asian satellite builders. Co-development collaboration contracts are also under way with Europe’s largest satellite builders as well as emerging players in the developing market of smaller and cheaper satellites: micro and cubesats. The company’s strategy is to validate its range of products in the low earth orbit market and use data and experience to secure design-ins for the lucrative and well established geo-stationary telecomms market. For the latter, OSS is receiving global interest in its large unfurlable antennas and is under NDA with a well-known US defence contractor and large satellite builder to explore opportunities.
Drawing on conventional wisdom as well fresh thinking, the OSS team is at the forefront of developments in the new space age. Based at UK government-supported Harwell Space Cluster – home to over 65 space companies – Oxford Space Systems enjoys access to state of the art test facilities and expertise
Founded by experienced entrepreneur & CEO, Mike Lawton, the multi-award winning Oxford Space Systems team contains a diverse range of world-class expertise in the fields of aerospace, mechanical, electronic and thermal engineering for the space environment. The OSS Board contains investing Non Exec Directors who have held senior positions in European and Canadian space hardware companies.
OSS is backed by a small consortium of leading UK venture capital funds and enjoys the financial support of Innovate UK, the European and UK Space Agencies. The company anticipates Series B fundraising in early of 2017.
Printech is a manufacturer of specialist printed circuit boards. The company prides itself in being able to manufacture anything that is different. Its products are used in all market sectors, but predominantly for space applications.
Recent innovations the company has developed are ‘bump’ selective plating up to 250μm and the manufacture of ‘formed’ antennas/ filters that can be intimately placed around a product.
Printech not only processes established circuit board materials, but also composites, foams and LCP shaped products.
Printech participated on the European Space Agency (ESA) Gaia mission. The purpose of this mission is to compile a 3D catalogue of astronomical objects in our Galaxy, the Milky Way. The mapping of the Galaxy contributes to a deeper understanding of its constitution and evolution as well as potentially uncovering unknown astronomical objects like new planets or constellations. Data gathered from the Gaia satellite will constitute the most accurate catalogue of stars ever achieved.
One of Printech partners, E2V, was contracted to build CCD Detectors for the Gaia spaceship. The CCD detectors form a highly accurate focal plane, this camera can image UV, visible and infrared light. Printech provided the specialist flexible circuits which contributed to the precision and power of the digital camera. The bump plated flexible circuits assisted in reducing the size of the focal plane of the camera, enabling it to be to fit on a smaller satellite.
Realsafe Technologies is a company focused on developing safety-based technology connected to Emergency Services.
The company launched their first award-winning product, REALRIDER®, in 2013. This industry-first app designed for motorcyclists is the only one of its kind to detect if a rider has crashed and notify Emergency Services of rider location. The company’s partnership with the NHS is unique and there is no other app on the market that links directly to Emergency Services. REALRIDER® is the first app to fully integrate into the BT telematics system, which ensures crash alerts are treated like any other 999 emergency calls.
Zoe Farrington (CEO) and co-founder Andrew Richardson (CCO) previously ran a Public Sector Marketing Consultancy, Fused, which grew to become a profitable £1.8m turnover business employing a team of six staff.
The business flourished until the economic downturn that saw a radical restructure of the public sector. Viewing the changed market status as an opportunity to exploit a new idea, profits were used to form Realsafe Technologies.
Zoe and Andrew secured match funding from a VC on first pitch for REALRIDER® and in July 2012 the company was formed. The company closed a further round of £1m in September 2015.
Rezatec provides products based on Earth Observation (EO) data, a market being driven by the huge increase in satellite launches and the rapidly growing availability of satellite generated data and imagery.
Based at the UK’s Harwell Space Cluster in Oxfordshire, UK, Rezatec aggregates, integrates and processes large amounts of diverse EO data from satellite, airborne and ground instruments to derive unique ‘landscape intelligence’ analytics that deliver substantial cost reduction or revenue enhancement payback for users in the agriculture, water, biomass and public sectors.
Rezatec’s suite of Data Products gives customers the ability to map, measure and monitor land use change and environmental risk, s to to deliver substantial cost reduction or revenue enhancement payback, for instance, water companies to reduce their costs of maintaining water quality, and agribusinesses to increase and manage crop yields.
Data services are provided on a subscription basis via a cloud-based portal and are dynamic, multi layered, and deliverable to the customer at a vastly lower cost than traditional consultancy based landscape data and image based reports.
Rezatec is currently in the process of a $3M Series A round of investment therefore this trip would enable the Company to meet with US investors.
The global market for Earth Observation Data Products has been estimated at $1bn in 2015 growing to $2.3bn by 2023. Within that market Rezatec has identified Agriculture and Water as the most immediately scalable opportunities. Companies in these sectors are being challenged with increasing legislative, monitoring and reporting requirements for which Rezatec provides a cost effective solution.
Scot Sat’s journey to develop, build, market and sell technologically advanced, affordable, mobile satellite communication equipment began three years ago. The company approach revolved around new plastic design and manufacturing techniques applied to the satellite industry, advancing the current technology used in maritime and land mobile satellite communications.
Uniquely, Scot Sat is able to provide ultra-high speed communication equipment at a fraction of the cost of traditional suppliers. This is primarily because it has embraced the 3-D printing revolution. Many of its products are printed using 3-D printers with highly durable materials at a fraction of the price. This cost saving it passes on to its customers.
With a novel approach to materials design, Scot Sat aims to deliver cost effective designs that would create a step shift in equipment pricing which could open up satellite broadband services to an area of these markets currently not served. The company is made up of individuals who previously built up a maritime satellite communications business successfully over seven years and sold it to a major satellite communications company (FTSE Listed).
With that depth of knowledge, Scot Sat brings that experience to the remote equipment design, determined to break ceilings on maritime and land mobile satellite communications equipment. With the advent of new High Throughput Ku and KaBand satellites, the price of capacity has been falling but not so for the necessary support equipment. This makes the average packaged cost too high for many customers. Scot Sat’s new equipment will be priced to allow those who previously could not afford ultra-fast mobile communications to enjoy the benefits of such technology.
Sen is creating space television, generating video data from space, starting with Earth. Our business model is selling very high resolution video data and analytics to the Earth Observation market where customers will include government organizations and businesses monitoring change on Earth. Sen is bringing several new capabilities to the Earth Observation market which Sen believes will make its data very valuable. Once we have generated revenues from our constellation of Earth Observation satellites, Sen plans to deploy constellations of its spacecraft around the Moon and eventually Mars, commercializing space exploration data. Sen has designed a unique imaging system which will be launched aboard the company’s own micro satellites.
As well as providing valuable data on Earth, the Moon and Mars, Sen will also generate original video content for consumers which it will market through news and social media. Sen’s space videos will change the way humans see Earth and space, inspiring and educating humanity.
Governments, businesses and people need to know what is happening on Earth, and eventually on and around the Moon and Mars as the space economy expands to these locations. Sen’s technology is designed to be multi-planetary, so that Sen can deliver unique data to governments, space operators and humanity.
As we become a multi-planetary species Sen’s video data will be an important part of the multi-planetary infrastructure that informs, inspires and educates people across worlds. Sen’s unique films of Earth, the Moon and Mars—such as the first humans arriving at Mars — will be watched by billions and change the way humanity sees space forever.
Sky and Space Global (UK) Limited, a UK incorporated company with European and Israeli centers of Aerospace, Satellite and Software Industry Experts, will deploy a nanosatellites constellation in orbit and provide global narrowband communication infrastructure and services.
The Company is now funded beyond the Q2 2017 launch of its first three (3) satellites with the Indian Space Research Organization, following the completion of the Company’s recent oversubscribed $4.5 million fund raising.
Sky and Space Global aims to provide low cost, nano-satellite narrowband communication coverage on an anywhere to everywhere base with relatively low maintenance costs. Due to the experience and expertise of the founders in the aerospace industry, the business will be able to develop with inherent upgrading capabilities within short intervals, utilising their unique IP nanosat software protocols.
“We believe that communication is a basic human right, and we will provide affordable communication services to Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime”.
Terrabotics’ mission is to make sense of the increasing deluge of Earth Observation imagery to support big industries engaged in complex operations in remote and challenging environments around the world.
The company rapidly transform terabytes of satellite, aerial & drone imagery into accurate 3D terrain maps and geospatial analytics. It is focused on delivering useful terrain intelligence to sectors such as oil & gas and energy in order to increase efficiency, reduce costs and improve the safety of complex field operations.
Terrabotics was founded by physicist and geoscientist Gareth Morgan. After initially spotting the potential for earth observation while on a field campaign studying the migration of animals in remote parts of Russia in 2003. He returned to London to undertake a Masters, and then a PhD and Post-doc in Satellite Image Processing algorithms.
He then entered the global oil & gas industry as an earth observation consultant, working on projects all over the world from deserts to conflict zones. Drawing on these experiences and his R&D background, he then launched his company in late 2013.
The company is focused on the whole energy sector, working with organizations to help them decide how best to plan field operations or where to build new power plants, pipelines or position wind turbines. One of Terrabotic’s biggest projects to date was helping an energy firm map over 10,000 square kilometres, the size of Hawai’i Big Island, which saved 75% on traditional surveying costs.
Terrabotics leverages cutting-edge R&D into image processing algorithms that automatically transform large satellite images into high precision 3D terrain models; change detection maps and super-resolved images. The company does this faster, more accurately and at larger scale compared to any competitors. With Terrabotics’ algorithmic advantage it is uniquely positioned to handle the impending Earth Observation data explosion brought about by the low cost space revolution.
Terrabotics is now looking to build up its technology further and scale its services to their full potential. To do this successfully it needs to establish excellent relationships with all parts of the space sector value chain, to ensure that Earth Observation satellite builders, operators and data re-sellers deliver the data that it needs to meet customer demand. Houston is the energy capital of the world and so is naturally the most efficient place for Terrabotics to meet as many of its potential customers as possible.
The Space Mission will provide Terrabotics with an unrivalled opportunity to engage with space technology companies, influencers and strategic investors.
Since a management buyout in 2005 TISICS has developed lightweight high performance metal matrix composites (MMC) reinforced with its proprietary ceramic fibre. TISICS is the only European supplier of ceramic fibre MMC, recognised by ESA as providing independent access to these MMCs in Europe.
TISICS owns the fibre to composite design and manufacturing technology and is working with Airbus Defence and Space, TAS UK, SSTL, Reaction Engines and ESA. TISICS is focusing on spacecraft propellant tanks as customers seek a UK supply chain.
TISICS owns technology developed since the late 1980s and is exploiting patented and proprietary technology to develop markets in the UK and Europe. TISICS is developing its space manufacturing capability and seeking investment to enable serial production. Once the space manufacturing business is robust TISICS will use this as a platform to grow a larger civil aerospace capability in the UK.
Growth will improve the economics for all sectors which will increase our range of products and export opportunities. TISICS has 18 staff and remains a private management team
TISICS turned over £820k in FY2015/16 and forecasts £1.2M in FY2016/17 with a secure £2.4M 3 year order book. We are seeking commercial export sales and investment to enable growth of a UK manufacturing capability.