ESA ARTES Pioneer programme
We are starting development work as part of the partnership with AAC Clyde Space to deliver a multi-year ESA ARTES Pioneer programme, funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the UK Space Agency (UKSA).
ESA ARTES Pioneer programme is set to design and develop a cutting-edge end-to-end solution which will enable a wide range of companies to create innovative constellation services at a significantly reduced cost. The programme includes a considerable expansion of spacecraft production capability at AAC Clyde Space and development of a novel, efficient interface to give customers easy access to their mission data and seamless integration with the services they provide.
Bright Ascension’s role in the programme, estimated at €2.2M EUR, is to deliver the next generation end-to-end software infrastructure which will allow customers to scale up their satellite-based service provision. Building on the success of existing products and sizeable industry expertise, including a recent UKSA-funded project specifically focussed on scalability in space operations, Bright Ascension will develop a next-generation space software platform which aims to make mission and service delivery more efficient at a noticeably lower cost and within a reduced timeframe.
“We are thrilled to be providing a software platform for AAC Clyde Space, our long-standing partner, to help revolutionise their industry-leading space-as-a-service offering,” said Peter Mendham, CEO at Bright Ascension. “This is also an exciting opportunity for us as it integrates well with our existing roadmap and will allow us to accelerate our development and secure a stronger place in the industry. The products developed as part of the ESA ARTES Pioneer programme will form a key part of our current growth and will help us build on our industry position as an innovative space software technology provider.”