Nine UK start-ups blast off to US for space trade mission

UKTI initiative seeks to foster British and American collaboration in the space sector and help UK businesses grow

Nine British space start-ups have been chosen to take part in a trade mission to the US, with Innovate UK and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).

From 8 to 14 August, businesses on the Space Mission 2015 will attend the Small Satellite Conference in Utah, before travelling to California to meet with investors and teams from NASA, Virgin Galactic and Lockheed Martin.

The aim of the mission is to encourgae British and American collaboration in the space sector, and help UK companies grow by making connections with, and learning from industry leaders.

It’s estimated the mission will help the country grow its share of the global space economy to 10% by 2030.

The nine successful start-ups are:

  • Arralis Technologies – a Belfast-based company that supplies ultra-fast radar technology
  • Bird.i – a London-based firm socialising earth observation and satellite data
  • Bright Ascension – a Dundee start-up providing time and money-saving software solutions for satellites
  • Gyana – Oxford-based company using advanced mathematics and machine learning to harness big data
  • Mars Space Ltd –Southampton service providing consultancy space propulsion and plasma engineering 
  • Oxford Space Systems – Oxford-based company supplying deployable space structures globally
  • Printech Circuit Laboratories – Essex-based manufacturers of a range of circuitry for the space industry
  • PocketQube Shop – Glasgow-based designer of custom satellites that “cost less than a family car”
  • Scot Sat – Edinburgh-based provider of ultra-high speed, affordable mobile satellite communications

Tim Just, head of space at Innovate UK, commented: “The Space Mission 2015 demonstrates the UK government’s commitment to supporting and growing the British space industry.

“All of these burgeoning firms are at the forefront of the new space race and have genuinely built innovative solutions to some of the sector’s greatest challenges.”

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