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SaxaVord gains CAA approval to launch

Scottish spaceport SaxaVord has been licensed to operate rocket launches by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority. The site is at Unst on Shetland and is scheduled to host the UK Space Agency’s UK Pathfinder launch, which will be delivered by Lockheed Martin and ABL Systems. SaxaVord has a roster of clients including Rocket Factory Augsburg, […]

December 19, 2023By Chris Forrester

UK puts cash into Scottish spaceports

The UK Space Agency has announced funding of more than £6.7 million (€7.7m) to further Scotland’s spaceports ambitions. Scottish-based HyImpulse, a launch company working with SaxaVord Spaceport in Shetland, will receive £3.4 million. And Orbex, which is working with Sutherland Spaceport on the A’ Mhòine peninsula, will get more than £3.3 million. Both spaceports plan […]

December 18, 2023

EnSilica to supply SatCom ICs to VITES

EnSilica, a turnkey supplier of mixed signal ASICs and SoCs, has announced it is to supply VITES with a new beamformer chip for satellite user terminals. VITES will use the chip at the heart of its new ViSAT-Ka-band terminal. EnSilica’s beam-forming chip is optimised to enable VITES’s creation of ground-based flat panel user terminals for […]

October 30, 2023

GSMA, ESA comms innovation partnership

Mobile industry trade body the GSMA and European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) to bring the mobile and satellite industries closer together to collaborate on developing new, innovative satellite and terrestrial networks technologies. The ambition of the partnership is to further strengthen the competitiveness of both mobile and satellite network […]

July 13, 2023By Colin Mann

Report: UK leads Europe in space investment race

New analysis from investment experts offers insight on the wealth of opportunities found within the UK’s £17.5 billion (€20.1bn) space sector. The report, Expanding frontiers – The down to earth guide to investing in space, produced by PwC in association with the UK Space Agency, highlights expected global space sector growth of up to 11 […]

May 16, 2023

ESA, UKSA fund new chip for satellite broadband

EnSilica, an ASIC and mixed signal chip maker, has announced a contract to develop a new chip to address the next generation of mass market satellite broadband user terminals. The contract has been awarded through the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems Core Competitiveness programme, through the support of the UK Space […]

February 17, 2023

UK Space Agency puts extra £50m into space projects

The UK Space Agency has announced £50 million (€56.7m) of funding for innovative projects that aim to “supercharge” the UK’s satellite communications industry. The funding, which comes as part of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Advanced Research in Telecommunications Services (ARTES) programme, is available for a wide range of projects, such as developing new satellite […]

January 24, 2023By Chris Forrester

TISICS wins sustainable launch tech funding

Aerospace manufacturing specialist TISICS has received funding from the UK Space Agency to develop demisable launcher components that will reduce the risk of damage to spacecraft by space debris, whilst reducing the processing time and materials waste experienced from current HPV-liner manufacturing. According to the Government’s National Space Strategy, published in 2021, the UK’s space […]

January 5, 2023By Colin Mann

UK satellite launch benefits welcomed

Following our report on the progress of first satellite launch from UK soil, UK government ministers and industry executives have welcomed the upcoming Virgin Orbit mission and its benefits. Virgin Orbit’s carrier aircraft, ground support equipment, and rocket set to arrive in Cornwall this week. Made possible by funding from the UK Space Agency, the […]

October 11, 2022By Colin Mann

Skyrora nears UK launch

Skyrora has successfully completed the static fire test of the second stage of its flagship Skyrora XL orbital rocket. Discover Space UK at Machrihanish Airbase hosted the biggest integrated stage test to be held in the UK since those of Black Arrow and Blue Streak in the 1970s. Achieving this latest milestone moves Skyrora one […]

August 18, 2022