We are thrilled to announce that we are taking part in the GEOINT 2024 Symposium from May, 5th to 8th in Kissimmee, Florida.

This is the first time we are attending an event of this scale within the geospatial and Earth observation sector and we plan to showcase our upcoming HELIX suite of satellite software solutions, particularly focussing on midstream and downstream services and activities. Our upcoming HELIX Apps and Infinity products are specifically designed to improve the delivery of space-based insights and analytics to make it significantly faster, simpler and cheaper.

With over 50 software deployments in orbit, we know that the effective delivery of downstream solutions, space-based insights and analytics requires a deep understanding of the upstream processes involved in satellite construction, deployment, and operations. We believe this unique expertise sets us apart and allows us to create solutions that seamlessly integrate with satellite systems, optimise data collection processes, and deliver quick and cost-effective actionable insights to our clients’ customers.

We invite all attendees to visit our Booth 336 at the GEOINT 2024 Symposium for more details and a hand-on demo of our upcoming HELIX family of space software products, that offer a comprehensive solution to address the entire lifecycle of space operations, from design and deployment to data analysis and application delivery.

“GEOINT 2024 is an ideal platform for us to showcase our upcoming HELIX solutions for delivering fast and simple space-based insights and analytics.”

Richard Adams, Sales Director at Bright Ascension

“With our extensive heritage and experience in the space industry, coupled with our unique expertise in the upstream processes, we are excited to engage with geospatial and Earth observation professionals and demonstrate how our innovative technologies can transform their operations, drive efficiency, and unlock new opportunities,” continued Richard Adams.

Richard Adams (left), Sales Director at Bright Ascension, and Brenton Smith (right), Chief Technology Officer at Nominal Systems

We are thrilled to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Nominal Systems, a provider of digital twinning simulation systems. The agreement signifies the beginning of a collaborative effort to integrate our respective systems and offerings in order to provide an enhanced end-customer value proposition.

As part of the agreement, both parties commit to effective and efficient collaboration to find ways to leverage the integrated offering and provide greater value to customers than the sum of their parts. On top of this foundation, we will explore further commercial pathways, including value added reseller partnerships across Australia, Europe, and the United States. This strategic alliance will enable both parties to tap into new markets and unlock growth opportunities globally.

The agreement aligns with our Software and Integration Partner Programme, a strategic platform for developing collaboration with commercial entities across the global space sector. Embracing both software and hardware technology providers, the programme offers diverse avenues for generating new business opportunities and driving revenue growth. It is designed to support our anticipated market release of the innovative HELIX suite of software products. HELIX promises to streamline spacecraft software development, operations, service and end-user insights delivery processes, providing faster, simpler and significantly more cost-effective solutions.

“We are thrilled to to sign this strategic partnership with Nominal Systems.”

Richard Adams, Sales Director at Bright Ascension

“This collaboration marks the beginning of an exciting journey towards mutual success, and we are committed to leveraging every opportunity to drive innovation delivered by our HELIX suite and provide added value to customers across the world,” said Richard Adams.

“We are excited to partner with Bright Ascension on this impactful collaboration.”

Brenton Smith, CTO of Nominal Systems

“Through the integration of our sophisticated digital twinning technology, we aim to significantly improve the testing and operational efficiencies of satellite systems. This partnership is not only a stride towards mutual success but also underscores our dedication to delivering state-of-the-art solutions that address the dynamic demands of the global space industry.

Bright Ascension’s HELIX suite of space software products

We are thrilled to announce the successful closure of a £2.25M investment round through a convertible loan from Scottish Enterprise, Capital for Colleagues (C4C) and other investors in the company.  This is a significant step forward in our journey towards bringing the innovative HELIX products to market. The funds include £1.5M previously secured in October 2023 as a bridging loan from C4C, alongside Bill Ainscough, and TJ Morris Limited, existing shareholders in the company. The bridging loan transitions into a convertible loan as part of the current funding round.

The investment is a true testament to our commitment to re-shaping the New Space software landscape through our ground-breaking technology and development of the next generation HELIX suite of satellite software products. HELIX promises to streamline spacecraft software development, operations, service and end-user insights delivery processes, providing faster, simpler and significantly more cost-effective solutions.

To support the continued advancements in HELIX development, foster strategic guidance and direction, and nurture investor relationships, we recently welcomed John Baughn as the new Executive Chair of the Board. John brings to the team over 40 years of invaluable experience in managing space operations and telecommunications organisations. His expertise encompasses sales strategy, business development, and customer service, making him a valuable addition during this pivotal growth stage. We are pleased that Ken Naismith, our current Executive Chair, will remain on the Board as a Non-Executive Director.

“I am delighted and honoured to be taking on the chairmanship for Bright Ascension at this very exciting point in time and looking forward to helping steer the company towards a very successful future,” said John Baughn, Executive Chair of the Board at Bright Ascension.

The investment marks a pivotal moment, building on our recent commercial successes. We have experienced a boost in new customer acquisition, resulting in a notable increase of 50% in the first half year sales compared to the same period in the previous financial year. This strong performance underscores the effectiveness of our strategic initiatives and our growing prominence in the market to maximise the upcoming HELIX launch.

“This funding injection not only provides us with the necessary financial resources but also serves as a vote of confidence in our technology and commercial strategy.”

Peter Mendham, CEO at Bright Ascension

“With this support, we are well-positioned to accelerate the final stages of development and market release of our innovative HELIX products.”

Alistair Currie, Chief Executive of Capital for Colleagues commented: “We are extremely pleased to see this enhancement of the Bright Ascension team and further endorsement of the company’s technology and commercial strategy. Bright Ascension is now positioned to accelerate the final stages of development and market release of its innovative HELIX products.

Bright Ascension’s HELIX suite of space software products

We are thrilled to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Third Planet Orbital Ltd, a supplier of off-the-shelf functionally standardised small satellite buses. The agreement commits both companies to pool our expertise and resources in order to identify and pursue promising opportunities within the fast-growing New Space industry. Together with Third Planet Orbital, we will form the foundations of a standardised integrated software and hardware platform.

Leveraging our combined skills and capabilities, the partnership aims to improve access to functionally standardised satellites for payload and mission operators. Our modular software directly supports Third Planet Orbital’s approach for establishing a robust, repeatable and resilient supply chain. The use of pre-existing and pre-validated libraries accelerates integration of hardware independently of the customer critical path.

The integration promises to streamline customers’ development activities, delivering cost-effective and off-the-shelf solutions that are mission ready at launch and realise revenues early. Moreover, it enables effortless access to a wider and well-integrated space software infrastructure through our upcoming HELIX suite of products, ranging from managing ground operations to delivering space-based services and transforming them into value-added insights and applications.

The agreement aligns with our Software and Integration Partner Programme, which supports the HELIX software suite expansion and serves as a strategic platform for developing collaboration with commercial entities across the global space sector. Embracing both software and hardware technology providers, the programme offers diverse avenues for generating new business opportunities and driving revenue growth.

“We are thrilled to embark on this transformative journey with Third Planet Orbital.”

Peter Mendham, CEO at Bright Ascension

“By combining our strengths, we aim to offer a substantially cheaper, better and easier access to spacecraft development, which also comes with pre-existing and tightly integrated mission growth opportunities, such as automation of operations or space-based data delivery for further insights and intelligence, provided through our upcoming HELIX suite of software products,” said Peter Mendham.

“The opportunity presented by the space sector is enormous and our job is to make it as easy as possible for payload users to become mission ready.”

Third Planet Orbital CEO Miles Ashcroft

“If we are to Simplify Time to Mission Success, then our satellite buses must be accessible and operate consistently out-of-the-box. It is a vital component of what we do, and how we help our customers is to have competent software on board our buses. Bright Ascension gives us that confidence to go to market knowing our customers can concentrate effort on their payloads and operations,” said Miles Ashcroft, CEO at Third Planet Orbital.

Third Planet Orbital are exhibiting at Space-Comm Expo in Farnborough, UK, on 6-7th March. Visit Stand K37 for more details and a hand-on demo of our upcoming HELIX family of space software products.

We are taking part in this year’s Paris Space Week on 12-13th March 2024.

Send us a meeting request through the event platform to catch up with Richard, our Sales Director, and find out more about how we can help you develop your mission faster & cheaper and help it grow and evolve efficiently with our current and upcoming products and solutions.

With only a few weeks before the launch of our HELIX suite of products, it’s a perfect opportunity to get a interactive demo and find out what HELIX is, what sort of products are included and why it is going to re-shape the space software industry.

To arrange a meeting, either send us a request via the event portal or message enquiries@brightascension.com

A unique opportunity to meet us in Asia at the GSTC 2024 in Singapore

Richard, our Sales Director, and Andrew, our Commercial Director, are counting days to take part the trade mission to Malaysia and Singapore on 13th-16th February, organised by Scottish Development International.

As part of the mission, they will first visit Kuala Lumpur with a two-days mission to showcase Scotland’s space capabilities and latest innovations to the Malaysian Space Agency and local companies, match common business and policy, commercial interests, and advance R&D collaborations.

For the second part of the trip, the delegation will travel to Singapore to take part in the Global Space Technology Convention 2024.

We are always on the lookout for potential new partners and collaborations, especially in parts of the world that are further away from our offices. GSTC 2024 is a unique opportunity to meet our team in Asia and find out more about our well-designed Partnership Programme.

Send us a message on enquiries@brightascension.com to meet the team and learn more.

We are taking part in this year’s Space Suppliers Summit in Glasgow on 6-7th February 2024.

If you’re attending, drop a request to meet Richard, our Sales Director, to find out more about how we can help you develop your mission faster & cheaper and help it grow and evolve efficiently with our current and upcoming products and solutions.

With only a few weeks before the launch of our HELIX suite of products, it’s a perfect opportunity to find out what HELIX is, what sort of products are included and why it is going to re-shape the space software industry.

To arrange a meeting, either send us a request via the event portal or message enquiries@brightascension.com

Overview

OS-VOLT is a circa €12 Mn project within ESA’s Versatile Optical Laboratory for Telecommunications. Led by Craft Prospect Ltd. 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. It will incorporate a range of onboard cutting-edge solutions, including Quantum Key Distribution space hardware and autonomous operations software.

OS-VOLT is expected to demonstrate several capabilities as part of services for quantum key distribution, high-speed optical communications, hyperspectral imagery capture with onboard AI processing and software-defined payload experimentation through a secure reconfigurable high-performance computing system.

Our end-to-end suite of software products called HELIX will form the foundation for the OS-VOLT/Bright Ascension partnership.

Software development

Upstream

As part of the consortium, we are leading software development for the upstream side of the mission. Our HELIX Flightkit is used to ensure that onboard software is developed quickly, risk-free and within the tight budget constraints. Flexible software-defined operations are enabled by the use of our HELIX App execution environment, integrated with the high performance compute platform through Flightkit components. Once developed, our HELIX Test solution will take the software package through the entire operational cycle to help identify any actionable intelligence to ensure safety of system and the best quality of operational processes. As the spacecraft reaches the orbit, it will be operated via our HELIX Ops, which is designed to reduce the complexity and cost of operations through extensive automation capabilities and tight integration with the flight side.

Downstream

The most innovative and cutting-edge part of the OS-VOLT software development is the downstream service delivery solution. The project includes an extensible and customisable HELIX Infinity platform to provide secure high-level tasking capabilities for a number of anchor customers. It will allow end users to shape and define their data requests based on a specific set of criteria to then be processed onboard or on the ground via mission add-ons, developed through our HELIX Appkit.

Mission challenges

Security

In recent years, the demand for assured cybersecure communications has become significantly more apparent with safe data delivery being one of the “hot” topics within the industry. OS-VOLT includes the development of a responsive operations platform for an AI-powered Quantum Key Distribution solution that will ensure the highest levels of encryption and security. The project also involves a considerable amount of onboard autonomy though software-defined onboard data processing which helps establish secure end-to-end communication, avoiding the cloud.

Efficiency

One of the outcomes of OS-VOLT is provision of climate and forestry monitoring services for Resilience Constellation, the mission’s largest client. Delivered data will be used to provide insights on effective climate mitigation for conclusive decision-making by governments, financial institutions, businesses and civil society. The monitoring data will be gathered through the onboard hyperspectral imager, but most of the measurements will performed on the edge by the onboard software add-ons, developed through HELIX Appkit. Resilience Constellation will be able to define and refine their monitoring requirements through our web-based HELIX Infinity portal. This set-up will enable the space system to work significantly more efficiently for faster data processing and delivery.

Adaptability

OS-VOLT also aims to essentially create a type of a “flying laboratory” for ESA. It will enable the space agency to develop various and numerous software experiments using optical communications and the onboard hyperspectral imager. HELIX Infinity will provide a web-based portal where end users will be able to control and task the satellite through its software-defined capability. HELIX Infinity will also allow easy and straightforward integration with existing data sets on the ground for additional, further or more optimised data processing.

Scalability

Across the three core services to be demonstrated on the OS-VOLT mission, a common need is the ability to bridge upstream and downstream, breaking down barriers to efficiency and adaptability whilst retaining end-to-end security. By functioning as continuous software infrastructure, the combined HELIX suite of products will demonstrate an increased ease of access to upstream facilities for downstream applications, leading to decreased total cost of ownership for a service and offering the potential to unlock a wide range of future applications for single-satellite to large or multi-constellation use.

Outcome

OS-VOLT is a multi-year project which is currently in development, but it’s a true vote in confidence in our HELIX suite of software solutions on the part of a large number of stakeholders. It demonstrates our capabilities both in terms of proven upstream technology, that has been tried and tested on over 50 spacecraft in orbit, but also in the context of downstream service delivery, only made possible through tight and straightforward integration between the flight and the ground side.

 

Products used in OS-VOLT Development

 

HELIX Flightkit for quick and reliable onboard software development

– HELIX Test for operationally representative end-to-end testing

– HELIX Groundkit for quick assembly of a bespoke and fully integrated ground system

HELIX Ops for autonomous and easy-to-use operations

– HELIX Appkit for the development of mission specific add-ons to be deployed and executed onboard or by Ops/Infinity on the ground

– HELIX Infinity for high-level tasking and monitoring, as well as integration with 3rd party data sets

 

HELIX offers unparalleled benefits to a large number of companies – whether they are building their first demonstration mission, a large constellation or even delivering services and insights without owning or operating actual space assets.

Contact us to discuss what HELIX can do for you.

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: