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Ultra-low cost ride to Low Earth Orbit opportunity

Faraday Mission platform (Image SSTL)

Space technology companies Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) and In-Space Missions (In-Space) have announced an opportunity for an ultra-low cost ride to Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

The in-orbit demonstration Faraday missions, which have been named in honour of Michael Faraday, one of Britain’s greatest experimentalists, are intended to offer ultra-low cost prices for a ride to LEO starting at $12,000. The satellite platforms will be designed and manufactured by SSTL, with In-Space managing the payload interface and providing customers with design, test and service support.

Sized from 12U to 150kg, the Faraday missions have been designed to support a range of payload interfaces, including a simple USB interface, and will offer customers a streamlined test and integration support. The inaugural mission will provide a six to twelve month qualification and demonstration phase for on-board payloads, followed by a 5 year early service exploitation phase for at least one payload.

“The cost of accessing space on a robust and flight-proven platform has traditionally been out of reach for many small payload providers,” said Anita Bernie, Director of Platforms at SSTL.

“The Faraday missions offer new satellite application and service developers a credible and compelling opportunity to kick-start their plans to get into space.” said Doug Liddle, CEO of In-Space Missions.

The call for payload opportunities on the first Faraday mission is now open and is hosted on a dedicated website at

Neil Tyler

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