AAC Clyde Space, Swedish supplier of nanosatellite spacecraft and mission services, has announced a 3-year project with the European Space Agency (ESA) called xSpancion to develop a satellite constellation service. The project will include the manufacture of 10 spacecraft.
The project will be co-funded by the UK Space Agency, through ESA, with around EUR 9.9 million. The first phase, running until mid-2021, will see AAC Clyde Space deliver a preliminary design for its next-generation space-as-a-service offering. The first phase has a value of EUR 1.8 million, of which EUR 900,000 will be co-funded by the UK Space Agency through ESA. Once this first phase is completed, the project will end with the manufacture of 10 satellites and demonstration of four in orbit. This part of the project has a value of EUR 17.9 million, with the UK Space Agency co-funding EUR 8.9 million.
AAC Clyde Space also plans to sign customer service agreements for data delivery from its constellation services. The public private partnership project also involves Bright Ascension, the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, D-Orbit UK, the Satellite Applications Catapult and Alden Legal UK.