AAC Clyde Space has been awarded funding through the European Space Agency’s ARTES Core Competitiveness program that helps European and Canadian industry to develop innovative SATCOM technology, products and systems.
The award will enable AAC Clyde Space to further develop the company’s Starbuck Mini power system to address the needs of future constellations. The total project value is 0.95 million euros, of which ESA will fund half and AAC the other half.
The project will develop features for test and manufacturing to improve efficient serial production and speed up delivery times when scaling up to larger volumes. Additional features and standardized modules will also be added to target new customers as well as existing clients’ next generation of satellites.
The Starbuck Mini Power Conditioning Distribution Unit (PCDU) was originally developed for the InnoSat satellite platform. Over the years, it has demonstrated impressive in-orbit performance, gaining a market reputation for reliability, resiliency and performance.
“The Starbuck Mini is an increasingly popular product for a range of missions. In addition to its use in LEO missions, it has recently been selected by several small satellite missions to the Moon, demonstrating the flexibility of the design. This project will make it even more competitive and update it to the next generation of large volume satellite constellations. We are very happy to have the support of the Swedish delegation and ESA ARTES to further develop this key technology for the success of future space missions,” said AAC Clyde Space CEO, Luis Gomes.