2020-08-24 AAC Clyde Space AB (publ)
AAC Clyde Space AB, SAAB AB and ORBCOMM Inc. have today announced the development of the next generation of space based VDES system, marking the beginning of a new era in maritime communications. AAC Clyde Space AB will receive 17.0 MSEK in total, of which 12.2 MSEK is in the form of a grant from the Swedish Transport Administration, to finance the building, launch and commissioning of the first satellite in the project. This is intended to be the first satellite of a future constellation to provide a VDES service.
The EPIC 3U satellite is planned to launch in mid-2022 and will be the first satellite assembled at AAC Clyde Space's new integration facility in Uppsala. The satellite will carry a VDES (VHF Data Exchange System) payload from Saab for two-way communication between satellite and ground. ORBCOMM will integrate the data in its distribution centre for maritime communications.
"Today's announcement is a significant milestone for our company, with an important new satellite contract and a collaboration with two impressive players in the field. This also marks the first satellite to be built at our new satellite assembly facility in Sweden. We are very excited to be part of a team delivering a new capability to seafarers worldwide, improving safety and efficiency for maritime users. I would like to thank Saab for having selected AAC Clyde Space to be their partner in space, and I look forward to further strengthening our very successful relation with ORBCOMM", said AAC Clyde Space CEO Luis Gomes.
The first demonstration satellite is expected to be followed by a larger constellation of satellites that will form a new part of the maritime communication infrastructure. The addition of a space-based capability will increase VDES range from the shoreline to anywhere in the ocean, converting what is currently a predominantly coastal system into a global maritime system. With up to 32 times more bandwidth than the currently widely used Automatic Identification System (AIS) communication, VDES can be integrated with e-navigation systems, enabling savings in fuel and emissions of up to 25 percent, aiding navigation, and increasing safety.
The three parties have formed a consortium in equal terms to develop services based on the new infrastructure. The project will start in October 2020 and the in-orbit demonstration is planned to end in the first quarter 2023.
After demonstrating its VDES capabilities, the first satellite will also deliver AIS data to ORBCOMM.
Both ORBCOMM and Saab are leading AIS specialists: ORBCOMM offers AIS communication services to the maritime industry worldwide, whereas Saab is a leader in AIS equipment. AAC Clyde Space has previously been commissioned by ORBCOMM to manufacture satellites dedicated to AIS communication.
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AAC Clyde Space, a leading New Space company, has received a 441 kEUR (approx. 4.5 MSEK) order from UK-based Space Forge to provide space products for a demonstration spacecraft designed to leverage the space environment for production and experiments, capable of performing multiple trips to space.
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AAC Clyde Space today releases a newly recorded pod series focussing on current topics in the space industry. The show is hosted by Moa Skan, a space enthusiast and PhD student in Astrophysics at Stockholm University and among the guests are Sweden's first astronaut Christer Fuglesang, Member of the European Parliament and meteorologist Pär Holmgren, and the Director General of Swedish National Space Agency Anna Rathsman.
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Leading New Space company AAC Clyde Space has published the second issue of its group-wide newsletter, SPAACE TALK.
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The previous owners of Omnisys Instruments AB converts a third of their warrants into shares in AAC Clyde Space. AAC Clyde Space has consequently issued 5 780 033 shares, bringing the total number of shares in AAC Clyde Space to 192 200 029.
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AAC Clyde Space AB, a leading new space company, has won an order from U.S. Aegis Aerospace to supply its Starbuck power systems and battery solutions worth 500 kUSD (approx. 4.5 MSEK) for a satellite mission carried out on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).
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AAC Clyde Space, a leading New Space company, has named Chris Fauquier, currently COO at SpaceQuest, as CEO for the US subsidiary. The move follows Dr. Dino Lorenzini's transition to the role of Group Chief Science Officer (CSO) of AAC Clyde Space. Dr. Lorenzini is the founder of SpaceQuest and was until now its CEO.
2021-11-09 AAC Clyde Space AB (publ)
AAC Clyde Space and its partners, have successfully completed the first phase of the xSPANCION project with a successful Preliminary Design Review, conducted jointly with the European Space Agency (ESA). Together with the partners, the company has agreed to accelerate the project by kicking off the Spacecraft Manufacturing Preparation Phase. To achieve this, a Phase 2 has been introduced to the project valued at 5.6 MEUR (approx. 57.3 MSEK), of which the UK Space Agency, through the ESA's Pioneer Partnership Projects, will contribute 2.8 MEUR (approx. 28.7 MSEK).
2021-10-26 AAC Clyde Space AB (publ)
AAC Clyde Space AB, a leading New Space company, has entered a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate with ORBCOMM and Saab to develop the next generation of global maritime communication services based on a VHF Data Exchange System (VDES). The parties, collaborating under a new brand named AOS, aim both for services directed to end customers as well as for safety of navigation services. The goal of the consortium is to create a global maritime communication network enabling ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore communication everywhere on the globe.
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AAC Clyde Space, a leading new space company, has been contracted by OHB Sweden to deliver its Sirius command and data handling unit worth approx. 545 kEUR (approx. 5.6 MSEK) to ESA's Arctic Weather Satellite.
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