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🚀

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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:

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)
•Existing infrastructure
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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