Open Cosmos reveals size of R&D investment in space

Open Cosmos

Open Cosmos, a leading space mission provider only established in 2015 and now based at Harwell Campus, has revealed it has invested £4 million pounds in Research and Development in Oxfordshire over the last five years.

The resulting technologies enable the company to design, manufacture and operate in orbit small satellites. These satellites are used by Open Cosmos customers to solve big global challenges such as providing connectivity to remote challenges.

The space industry is a growth engine for the United Kingdom that is investing heavily in this high technology big impact industry.

As a globally recognised hub, the Harwell International Space Cluster is already regarded as the ‘Gateway to the UK Space Sector’.

Open Cosmos’ investment has been in the development of innovative satellite infrastructure – building and operating complete space missions that address the manufacturing, mission management and launch of nanosatellites, a technology the size of a microwave, affordable and developed in a matter of months that has revolutionised traditional space industry standards that have prevailed for decades.

Open Cosmos’s goal is to move towards an open space accessible to all types of businesses, industries and end users, to help turn information extracted from satellites into practical knowledge useful for making accurate decisions on Earth.

Among the multiple services that Open Cosmos promotes in this new ‘useful space’ are those related to the connection of IOT objects anywhere, urban mapping or the use and monitoring of land, infrastructure or environment, making possible the early detection or prevention of critical situations such as the leakage of harmful substances.

The company also seeks to make other applications accessible from space, such as surveillance of forests and woodland areas, for the automatic detection of any type of anomaly such as flooding, attempted fires or illegal logging. And even the surveillance of coastal areas, border or conflict zones or the detection of illegal activities such as smuggling, illegal immigration or even the analysis of the dynamics of refugee camps.

In 2017, Open Cosmos was selected the company as the first Nanosatellite Space Mission Provider in Europe, under the Pioneer programme. Last year, the company 2019 was selected for the development of the Mantis Earth observation satellite, a high-resolution spectral imaging mission under the Incubed programme with direct applications in the energy and mining sectors. Both projects were funded by UKSA through the European Space Agency.