The UK Space Agency has awarded £132,000 of funding to Harwell Campus-based Deimos Space UK Ltd, to study the provision of a low-cost commercial range to cover vertical spaceflight from the A’Mhoine spaceport in Sutherland.
Deimos is one of three organisations awarded a total of over £350,000 in grant funding for the development of commercial range control services at multiple spaceport sites across the country.
Deimos Space UK Ltd, together with its partners Orbital Express Launch Ltd, UK Launch Services Ltd, Qinetiq Ltd, Helios Ltd and Heliaq Ltd have been awarded £131,901 of funding to study the provision of a low-cost commercial range to cover vertical spaceflight from the A’Mhoine spaceport in Sutherland.
The other two successful applicants are Telespazio VEGA UK Ltd, and Heliaq UK Ltd which will use the funding to develop a business plan and initial concept of operations to offer range services from the UK on a commercial basis.
Claire Barcham, UK Space Agency’s Director of Commercial Space said: “Public safety is at the heart of our efforts to enable spaceflight from the UK, and range services are an essential part of this work.
“The commercial provision of range services presents a new opportunity for businesses and, through the government’s modern Industrial Strategy, the UK Space Agency is advancing these exciting developments.”
Miguel Bello, CEO of the Deimos Group group of companies, said: “We are extremely proud that the UK government has chosen Deimos UK for this important piece of work and the company is fully committed to ensuring that the Sutherland spaceport will be ready for operation in the early 2020s.”
Telespazio VEGA UK Ltd, together with its partner organisations QinetiQ Ltd, GTD sistemas de información SAU and Commercial Space Technologies Ltd have been awarded £165,166 to develop a Commercial Range Control Service to support multiple UK Launch Sites, Launch Systems and Service Operators, with the potential to also address the global launch export market.
Heliaq UK Ltd, together with its partners Spaceport Cornwall, UK Launch Services Limited, Deimos, Reutech Radar Systems and Alden Advisers have been awarded £56,576 to develop a business plan and initial concept of operations for commercial range control services in support of orbital space launches from Spaceport Cornwall. The project will analyse applicable UK regulations, vehicle trajectories, and other inputs in order to derive top-level requirements for the range control services.