ACCESS.SPACE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

May 2021

We have been following the market opportunities and unique selling points of the emerging UK launch industry and look forward to discussing this and other topics with our fellow Access.Space Conference attendees!

🚀 Alan Webb, a director of Commercial Space Technologies (London), giving a presentation to ACCESS Space Alliance

🚀 The panel is 14:45 – 15:45 (UK time) on May 4th (aka. Star Wars Day).

🚀 Free Registration

🚀 Join us https://access.space/virtual-conference-may-2021

SatMagazine: Prepare for Launch… A UK Space Sector Overview

January 2021

By Daria Filichkina, Head of Operations, AstroAgency, and Alan Webb, the Director of Commercial Space Technologies Ltd.

We are happy to announce a new article in SatMagazine (January 2021 Edition). The article highlights the UK Space Agency’s mission of capturing 10% of the global space market and explores the exciting developments of UK space companies in 2020/21🚀

Available at: http://www.satmagazine.com/story.php?number=2095515454

PSI: satellite laser systems

December 2020

We are proud to announce the completion of a 15-year management contract to supply Laser Reflectors for Europe’s GNSS constellation, Galileo. It was a fantastic project that would not have been possible and certainly would not have lasted as long as it did, without the hard work and dedication of all involved.

The reflectors were developed and manufactured by our long-term Russian partners, JC “RPC PSI” (Precision Systems and Instruments). The company has extensive experience in manufacturing laser reflectors for various types of satellites going to a range of orbital altitudes. So far 160 of these laser systems have been manufactured and successfully launched on Russian missions and 50 on international missions. Read More

Exhibition “SVIAZ 2020”

November 2020

Despite the obvious tension around hosting the conference during Covid-19, the exhibition “SVIAZ (Communication) – 2020” was successfully held in Moscow, and not on-line!

The exhibition was held on November 2-6 at the Central Exhibition Complex “Expocentre” as part of the “Russian Week of High Technologies” – hosting several exhibitions, forums, and conferences in the fields of information technology, telecommunications, navigation, and telematics. It was also an intersectoral platform for creating and developing the infrastructure of the digital economy in Russia. Read More

C6 Launch

October 2020

Commercial Space Technologies (CST) will be partnering with C6 Launch, a Canadian-based space technology company from Toronto developing a dedicated small-sat launch capability to place payloads up to 30 kg in a nominal 600 km Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) or low-earth orbit (LEO). They designed a launch vehicle that maximizes the use of proven, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technology. (More info: c6launch.ca)

Equatorial Space Systems partners with UK-based Commercial Space Technologies Ltd.

September 2020

Singapore, September 11th 2020.- Singapore’s own rocket company, Equatorial Space Systems (ESS) announces a new partnership with UK-based Commercial Space Technologies Ltd (CST) for launch services to CST’s clients using the company’s Volans small launcher, slated for its first flight in late 2022.

“With our first suborbital test flights right around the corner, it is high time for us to focus on commercialisation. Cooperation with well-established companies with a proven track record in launch campaign execution is of paramount importance for a startup in our business, and we are thrilled to win their vote of confidence,” says Simon Gwozdz, the founder and CEO of Equatorial Space.

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Upcoming Launch Opportunities for Small Satellites in Russia

August 2020

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According to a presentation that was given on the 23rd of July 2020 by Yuri Urlichich (First Deputy of Roskomos General Director), Russia is planning to build an ultralight launch vehicle by 2024. Such a rocket will be used to launch small and ultra-small communication and observation satellites. According to the presentation, prototypes of a small and ultra-small communication spacecraft “Marathon” and surveillance devices should be ready by 2024, as well as optical and radar payloads for ultra-small monitoring devices by 2026.

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European Spaceport Review – Now Available!

July 2020

We are proud to announce the completion of the 3rd edition of our European Spaceport Review (information updated to the first quarter of 2020).

The report assesses proposals and developments from 8 European countries, scoring each spaceport on over 70 variables, including:

•Weather (e.g. feasible launch windows in the year)
•Geographical situation (e.g. attainable azimuths for vertical launch)
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European spaceports compete for recognition and business

April 2020

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Recent growth in the space transportation business, fuelled by interest and investment from private companies, has led to the development of a number of spaceports in the United States. But what about Europe? This article, based on a report by Commercial Space Technologies, discusses the options.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), nine private US companies currently hold 26 active commercial licenses granted by the US Office of Commercial Space Transportation. Their commercial space transportation activities are supported by 11 commercial domestic launch sites (also known as spaceports) and one overseas site in New Zealand.

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CST Mission to Singapore 2020

February 2020

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In February, the UK Space Agency and RAL Space organized a visit of the largest ever UK space sector trade delegation to the Asia Pacific region with over thirty UK delegates involved, including a delegate from CST.

Singapore itself has a relatively new but fast-growing space industry which is focused on emerging commercial opportunities and with a desire to grow capability in small satellite development. The main objective of the visit was to establish increasing collaboration in this market and creating partnerships in Singapore.

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6th China-Russia Engineering Technology Forum Held in Xiamen, Fujian

November 2019

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Commercial Space Technologies participated in the 6th China-Russia Engineering Technology Forum held in Xiamen, Fujian, China. November 26, 2019.

Alexey Loktionov gave a presentation on ‘Future Prospects for the Small Satellite Market’.

On November 25th – 26th, the 6th Sino-Russian Engineering and Technology Forum co-sponsored by the China Science and Technology Association and the Russian Federation of Science and Engineering Associations was successfully held in Xiamen, Fujian Province.

The theme of this forum was “Innovative Aerospace, Sharing the Future”. The organizers of the forum invited 14 academicians and experts from China, Russia and other countries to give lectures to more than 400 participants. [Read more]

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6th China-Russia Engineering Technology Forum. Xiamen, Fujian

COMMERCIAL SPACE TECHNOLOGIES TOASTS THE SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH OF THE DOT-1 SATELLITE

July 2019

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DoT-1 became the 82nd satellite for which Commercial Space Technologies (CST) has successfully arranged and managed the launch. The DoT-1 microsatellite was designed by Surrey Satellite Technologies Limited (SSTL) to test new avionics components for future satellites.

On July 5th 2019 at 08:41 Moscow time (05:41 UTC) the Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle with Fregat upper stage successfully delivered Demonstration of Technology 1 (DoT-1) with 31 other small satellites and its primary payload, Meteor-M (meteorological satellite number 2.2), into a Sun-synchronous low Earth orbit.

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The first launch from Vostochny space center in 2019

July 2019

The launch of the Meteor-M, meteorological satellite number 2.2, with 32 small satellites by Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle with Fregat upper stage took place from Vostochny space center on 5th July.                                                                                                                 .

The live broadcast was available from the official website of TsENKI Corporation.

Photo: Marina Lystseva / TASS

Seradata Space Conference, London

June 2019

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Commercial Space Technologies participated in a Seradata Space Conference – Space Risks, Business and Insurance on 25th June 2019. Seradata hosted a one-day conference plus half-day training session in the City of London.

In addition to keynote speeches from industry leaders, the conference has presentation and discussion sessions covering subjects such as: new launch vehicles, new spacecraft technology, space environmental risks, as well as recent trends in space business and finance, space insurance and liability.

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150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements

June 2019

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Commercial Space Technologies participated in a meeting from the cycle “UK Russia Science & Cocktails”, “Stardust. Space Chemistry” dedicated to the celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. Moscow Museum of Cosmonautics.

The event was organized by the UK Research and Innovation Network in cooperation with the UK International Trade Department in Russia, with the support of the Moscow Cosmonautics Museum, the Science Museum (London), the Organizing Committee for the International Year of the Periodic Table, the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Oxford University Press.

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Lift off: UK’s first vertical-launch spaceport plans unveiled

June 2019

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North Uist residents are set to get a taste of the space race after plans were unveiled to create the UK’s first vertical-launch commercial spaceport on the Outer Hebridean island, creating up to 70 jobs.

The local government council is investing around £1m to purchase the land where the launch facility will be constructed.

From there, rockets will be launched vertically, offering low-cost, safe and efficient access to sun synchronous and polar orbits. [Read more]

Source: STV News

Why is Scotland a prime rocket launch site?

June 2019

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It has been almost a year since it was announced that Scotland could host the very first UK spaceport – and interest is far from waning.

By the end of the year, plans could be submitted to build a facility at the A’Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland.

But Scotland has a number of regions which look attractive to aerospace companies for development.

A consortium has revealed plans to build the UK’s first vertical launch site at Scolpaig, North Uist, following months of investigations.

Shetland has also been earmarked as a desirable location. [Read more] 

Source: BBC News

Western Isles in race to open UK’s first spaceport

June 2019

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The project led by the Western Isles local authority – Comhairle nan Eilean Siar – is separate to bids to build ports in Sutherland and in Shetland.

It has been proposed the Western Isles’ Spaceport 1 be located at Scolpaig on the north-west coast of North Uist.

The Comhairle said up to 70 jobs could be created at the site which would be used for small satellite launches.

Test launches could be carried out later this year. [Read more] 

Source: BBC News 

 

The Seventh International Scientific and Technical Conference VNIIEM “Actual problems of creating space systems for remote sensing of the Earth”

May 2019

Commercial Space Technologies Ltd. took part in the Seventh International Scientific and Technical Conference “Actual problems of creating space systems for remote sensing of the Earth” on May 13, 2019. Venue: Congress Center JSC TGK Izmailovo Gamma Delta, Moscow. The conference was organized by VNIIEM Corporation JSC and Roskosmos State Corporation.

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Successful launch of Soyuz-2.1a from Vostochny

December 2018

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The Soyuz-2.1a successfully launched from cosmodrome Vostochny at the designated time and the separated Fregat Upper Stage injected two Russian Kanopus-V spacecraft and 26 small satellites into their target orbits.
CST would like to congratulate its partners at ‘VNIIEM Corporation’ JC and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) for the successful separation of their joint manufactured Kanopus-V spacecraft, the primary payload onboard, for which CST supplied project management and in orbit commissioning services between the Russian and UK development teams.

XVII conference on Space

December 2018

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CST participated in the XVII conference on Space Biology and Aerospace Medicine with International Participation dedicated to the 100th Birthday of Academician O.G. Gazenko. 10-12 December 2018. Russian Academy of Sciences. Moscow, Russia

CST Raise the Bar to 81 Spacecraft Successfully Launched

July 2017

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Another milestone for the space industry and a personal record for Commercial Space Technologies Ltd. (CST) as 73 spacecraft launch onboard a Soyuz 2.1A rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on July 14th at 06:36 GMT. Boasting a truly multinational payload manifest and the second largest number of spacecraft ever deployed from a single launch, Russia has demonstrated once again that it is able to compete on the international stage of rideshare launch solutions.

Through careful contract negotiations and managerial support, the CST team brokered the lion’s share of spacecraft manifested, constituting 48 nanosatellites for U.S customer Planet Labs Inc. This more than doubles CST’s previous total of 33 small-satellites launched over 22 years (although the majority of the previous spacecraft were in larger mass categories).

The launch was, of course, a team effort and CST thanks Innovative Solutions in Space (ISIS) for their hard work and professionalism on integration and deployment systems and for the dedication of teams from Glavkosmos and Lavotchkin.

CST would also like to congratulate its partners at ‘VNIIEM Corporation’ JC and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) for the successful separation of their joint manufactured Kanopus-V-IR spacecraft, the primary payload onboard, for which CST supplied project management and in orbit commissioning services between the Russian and UK development teams.

Space Industry Forum

March 2016

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CST participated in the International Business Space Industry Forum (ISF) and Exhibition. “InSpace” 3-4 March 2016, Moscow, Russia

Seradata Space Conference

June 2015

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CST participated in the Seradata Space Conference. London, UK. Mr Alan Perera Webb presented “The Launch Players: a capacity and technology view” report

Symposium on Small Satellites

April 2012

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CST participated in the 10th IAA (International Academy of Astronautics) Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation (April 20 – 24, 2015). Berlin, Germany. Mr Alan Gubiev presented “Current situation in Russian space industry and Russian launch market” report

The Memorandum of Understanding

July 2010

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UK has concluded a historic agreement with Russia.The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the UK Space Agency and the Russian Federal Space Bureau was concluded at the Farnborough Airshow on July 21st. Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) has had a long and successful collaboration with a variety of Russian organisations spanning 20 years, working with the UK and Moscow offices of Commercial Space Technologies (CST Ltd.) as a representative and local partner. CST Moscow Office has been actively involved in the preparation of this MOU