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Bright Ascension starts development on next generation space software platform as part of ESA xSPANCION project

(21 January 2021 - Bright Ascension) Bright Ascension has announced the start of development work as part of the partnership with AAC Clyde Space to deliver a multi year xSPANC ION project, funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the UK Space Agency (UKSA).

xSPANCION is set to design and develop a cutting edge end to end solution which will enable a wide range of companies to create innovative constellation services at a s ignificantly reduced cost. The project includes a considerable expansion of spacecraft production capability at AAC Clyde Space and development of a novel, efficient interface to give customers easy access to their mission data and seamless integration wit h the services they provide.

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Bright Ascension’s Mission Control Software (MCS) Product (courtesy: Bright Ascension)

Bright Ascension’s role in the project, estimated at €2.2M EUR, is to deliver the next generation end to end software infrastructure which will allow customers to scale up their satellite based service provision. Building on th e success of existing products and sizeable industry expertise, including a recent UKSA funded project specifically focussed on scalability in space operations, Bright Ascension will develop a next generation space software platform which aims to make miss ion and service delivery more efficient at a noticeably lower cost and within a reduced timeframe.

“We are thrilled to be providing a software platform for AAC Clyde Space, our long standing partner, to help revolutionise their industry leading space as a service offering,” said Peter Mendham, CEO at Bright Ascension. “This is also an exciting opportunity for us as it integrates well with our existing roadmap and will allow us to accelerate our development and secure a stronger place in the industry. The products developed as part of the xSPANCION project will form a key part of our current growth and will help us build on our industry position as an innovative space software technology provider.”

About Bright Ascension

Bright Ascension was founded in 2011 to offer a fresh and innovative approach to space software. Our team has a wealth of experience from both the space industry and other high technology sectors allowing our end users to get the maximum capability out of their software, satellites and subsystems.

Through a set of software products and services, Bright Ascension is able to offer industry leading space software technology to enable innovative missions of all sizes.