ÅAC Microtec AB ÅAC Microtec AB (publ.) receives 1.4 million SEK from the Swedish National Space Board to continue development of the patent pending Bluestone technology.
Bluestone is an image data management technology that addresses the challenges associated with retrieving the exponentially growing volumes of data generated by earth observation from space (for example images). Today this data represents more than half of all data generated in space. Bluestone optimizes the use of bandwidth between the orbiting sensors and the ground by allowing the user to select and retrieve only the interesting and most valuable image data.
Bluestone provides a market entry opportunity to the rapidly expanding earth observation payload data processing market and consolidates ÅAC Microtec's presence as a leading provider of space technologies.
- Bluestone has the potential to disrupt earth observation and we are excited to leverage our capabilities and heritage in space avionics in this ground breaking technology, says Emil Vinterhav, CTO of ÅAC Microtec AB.
- Bluestone is a paradigm shift in the industry, says Mikael Stern, CEO of Spacemetric, making smarter use of existing bandwidth to enhance services while reducing costs.
The funding from the Swedish National Space Board enables ÅAC Microtec, together with Spacemetric, to develop a pre-commercial Bluestone demonstrator. The demonstrator is an important milestone in introducing Bluestone to the satellite market as a product for payload data downlink optimization and is planned to be completed during the third quarter of 2018.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Please visit: www.aacmicrotec.com or contact:
Acting CEO and CFO Mats Thideman, [email protected], +46 70 556 09 73
Chairman of the board Rolf Hallencreutz, [email protected] , +46 70 964 21 60
The information in this press release is such that ÅAC Microtec AB (publ) shall announce publicly according to the EU Regulation No 596/2014 on market abuse (MAR). The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, at 15:15 CET on 16 August, 2017.
ABOUT ÅAC MICROTEC
ÅAC Microtec is a supplier of spacecraft avionics, such as onboard computers, mass memory storage and power management units. ÅAC's technical competence includes the advanced and robust, fault-tolerant microelectronics for critical space applications. The company also markets complete satellites (weight <150 kg) in collaboration with other specialized suppliers.
ÅAC Microtec's shares are traded on Nasdaq First North Stockholm. G&W Brokerage, telephone +46 8 503 000 50, is the Certified Adviser.
Spacemetric is a software company streamlining the transformation of raw data from satellite and airborne sensors into imagery products ready for analytics. The company delivers affordable, high-performance software solutions for all types of geospatial imagery to sensor operators, solution integrators and large users of image data in both the civilian and defense sectors.
Small satellite experts AAC Clyde's DaVinci mission was successfully launched on December 16th from Mahia, New Zealand on Rocket Lab's Electron Rocket. The customer, U.S. North Idaho Stem Charter Academy has since then confirmed that contact has been made with the spacecraft, with all spacecraft systems performing as planned.
Small satellite experts at AAC Clyde and its partners have redefined the art of the possible with the launch of their latest cutting-edge CubeSat, SeaHawk-1. Clyde Space, part of the AAC Clyde, designed and built SeaHawk-1 the first of two satellites to be delivered for the SeaHawk demonstration mission. SeaHawk-1 was successfully launched yesterday on the SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle from the Vandenberg Spaceport in California yesterday on SSO-A SmallSat Express. AAC Clyde has since made contact with SeaHawk-1 from their Glasgow based ground station, all spacecraft systems performing as planned.
ÅAC Microtec will adopt to IFRS accounting principles. The interim report for the third quarter of 2018 will be ÅAC's first interim report, prepared in accordance with IFRS. Comparative figures for the Group under IFRS have been calculated from 1 January 2017. The transition to IFRS has been implemented to adapt the Group to the requirements for listing on Nasdaq First North Premier and ultimately at Nasdaq Stockholm.
ÅAC Microtec AB ÅAC and Ball Aerospace have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to address new market opportunities in the small satellite market. This collaboration aims to leverage the companies' respective capabilities and unique offerings to address the demand for lower cost and capable solutions for the small satellite markets in the U.S and globally.
ÅAC has been awarded a SMART Research and Development Grant from Scottish Enterprise to develop their ground station services in Glasgow, a service which form an important part of the group's satellite-as-a- service offering. The grant is worth approximately 170 kGBP (approx. 2 MSEK) during 12 months.
ÅAC and the Mauritius Research Council, MRC (mrc.org.mu), have signed a contract to formalize the collaboration to deliver a 1U CubeSat and mission services for their pioneering Mauritian Infrared Satellite (MIR-SAT1) mission. The company will supply a fully integrated 1U CubeSat alongside a comprehensive mission service which includes, training, ground station delivery and operations support. The contract value amounts to £325,000 (approx. 3.8 MSEK) and will be delivered during 2019.
ÅAC has won an order on Sirius avionics subsystems from a commercial customer. The subsystems valued at approximately 1 MSEK, will be delivered in December this year proving ÅAC's ability to deliver advanced systems on short notice.
The space company ÅAC Microtec has decided to initiate a process to commence preparations to transfer the listing of its shares to Nasdaq Stockholm's Main market. The first step will be to apply for listing on the Premier segment of Nasdaq First North.
ÅAC has delivered its second 3U satellite to Canadian company Kepler Communications, which is set for launch later this year. The satellite was manufactured in under three months to form part of a pilot programme to demonstrate its store-and-forward data service aiming for a much larger constellation targeting as well the global IoT market and in-space connectivity.
Craig Clark, founder of Clyde Space and CSO for ÅAC Microtec has informed the company that he has sold 580,000 shares and given a total of 121,503 shares as a gift. Following the transactions, Craig Clark holds 8 927 355 shares in ÅAC Microtec, corresponding to 13.0 percent in the company.
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