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Bright Ascension Nominated Second Largest Partner in OS-VOLT Mission for ESA

We are extremely pleased to announce that Bright Ascension has been selected to head onboard and ground software development for the 3-year OS-VOLT mission. Led by Craft Prospect Ltd. (CPL) for the Telecom Directorate of ESA under the ScyLight programme, the project is designed to evaluate and test radical new real-time techniques and technologies in low Earth orbit.  

OS-VOLT is a circa €12 Mn project, aiming to demonstrate products and services within a Versatile Optical Laboratory for Telecommunications. Several capability demonstrations are planned both as a quantum key delivery and optical communications platform, and for assured, taskable hyperspectral imagery capture for climate resilience applications. Payload experimentation will be accessible through a secure reconfigurable high-performance computing system.

Our highly anticipated end-to-end suite of software products called HELIX, that we expect to launch later in the year, will form the foundation for the OS-VOLT partnership. The ESA/CPL project will include an extensible and customisable downstream software platform to provide high-level tasking and monitoring of the space system at the level of delivering data and services to a number of anchor customers. The largest of these is expected to be Resilience Constellation, that provides data and insights on effective climate mitigation for conclusive decision-making by governments, financial institutions, businesses and civil society. We will also be leading software development for the upstream side of the mission, leveraging products for flight, test and operations software.

“The OS-VOLT partnership is an exciting opportunity for us to demonstrate the capabilities and effectiveness our new end-to-end HELIX products that we are launching later in the year.”

Peter Mendham, CEO at Bright Ascension

“Over the past 11 years we have successfully validated our innovative engineering in the context of over 50 missions and we are now expanding our expertise and understanding of the upstream software technologies to downstream services to provide high-level tasking and software-defined flexibility to the complete space system, from onboard payloads to in-cloud data processing. This ability to connect and optimise integration between building/operating a spacecraft and actually delivering data in an easy to use and accessible way will open up new innovative opportunities for a large and very diverse number of customers.”

More information on the upcoming HELIX suite, the full list of products and benefits can be found here: