This article showcases our top picks for the best United Kingdom based Space Travel companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Space Travel industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top United Kingdom Space Travel Companies
Founded in 2015, Orbex is Europe’s leading private launch services company, focused entirely on supporting the needs of the small satellite industry. Orbex has developed one of the most advanced, low carbon, high performance micro-launch vehicles in the world.
They launch customer satellites into polar and sun-synchronous low Earth orbits from a unique, modern launch location in the heart of the European continent. They offer a flexible core launch service and a wide suite of supporting services that make life easier for customers.
Their European location means shorter supply lines, easier communications and reduced operational costs. Their advanced launch vehicle means higher reliability, more flexible mission profiles and a regular, scheduled launch service..
Reaction Engines is a privately held company based in the United Kingdom developing an advanced combined cycle air-breathing rocket engine called SABRE (Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine). This new class of aerospace engine is designed to enable aircraft to operate from standstill on the runway to hypersonic speeds of over five times the speed of sound in the atmosphere.
If higher speeds are required, SABRE can then transition to a rocket mode of operation, allowing spaceflight at speeds up to orbital velocity, equivalent to twenty five times the speed of sound. Reaction Engines’ technology has undergone extensive independent technical assessments which have confirmed its viability and potential vehicle applications.
REL’s world leading heat exchange and advanced manufacturing capabilities have numerous applications in aerospace, cleantech, energy and other applications. .
Driven by the vision of making space accessible to anyone, Open Cosmos provides simple and affordable space missions. Open Cosmos went from design to delivery of qb01, their first nanosatellite, in only four months, followed by a launch and deployment in LEO early April 2017.
They are currently working with innovative payload developers towards in-orbit demonstration and constellation deployment to enable services ranging from remote sensing to maritime domain awareness and machine-to-machine communications.. .
Effective Space manufactures spacecrafts intended to extend the life of communication satellites.
Daytrip is a platform for traveling with local drivers. It allows independent travelers to get the most out of their vacation by connecting them to local drivers, who drive them from one city to another with their own cars, discovering local sights and culture on the way.
It gives travelers an opportunity to see otherwise unreachable countryside sights, meet real locals and get to know local history, culture and current affairs first-hand. Daytrip is an entirely new approach to traveling, combining the comfort of package holidays with the flexibility of independent planning and authenticity of backpacking..
EARTH-i believes that in the future the ability to plan, to react and to predict will require an assured and timely flow of geospatial data on a global basis. That is why we are building the world’s first Earth Observation satellite constellation to offer full-colour video as well as still imagery.
With rapid tasking, high spatial and temporal resolution, and multiple revisits every day to any location on Earth, the Earth-i Constellation will transform geospatial intelligence and insights. With a prototype satellite already in space, the first batch of constellation satellites will launch from early 2019.
In addition, we offer clients a range of data and analytical services, including the supply of imagery from the DMC3/TripleSat Constellation of three identical very high-resolution satellites, offering multispectral data at 80cm pixel size, with up to daily revisits to any area of interest on Earth.. .
TriCIS was formed in March 2017, in order to provide Secure Integrating Systems including TEMPEST information assurance products for HMG and other organisations. TriCIS has more than 30 years experience in designing and modifying computing, networking and peripheral equipment to meet the highest level government security requirements.
Our TEMPEST engineers hold advanced training certificates from CESG qualifications. Our highly skilled staff have been engineering TEMPEST products since the 1980s for many National and NATO programmes.
They pride ourselves on our ability to provide enhancements (often complex) to existing COTS products that address very secure integrated systems requirements around both TEMPEST and programmable EMC emissions. We also have the capability to certify products to UK CFTCS standards..
Spacechips provides onboard processing products for telecommunication satellites, Earth-Observation payloads, small satellites, and launchers. They offer space-grade, ITAR/EAR-free, low-cost COTS and ground-segment solutions.
Spacechips develops space electronics for satellites and spacecraft as well as advising on design, EDA, test, manufacturing and component selection. Spacechips positions suppliers of space technologies as the go-to-provider, increases your market share, global sales and secures design-ins on future missions.
Spacechips teaches training courses on space electronics helping companies develop capability, deliver right-first-time, to cost and schedule. Their courses compare space-grade and COTS FPGAs, ADCs/DACs, DC-DCs, and POLs, to allow you to make informed technology selections.
Spacechips helps suppliers, banks and VCs understand future technical and commercial trends for the space industry to define product roadmaps and guarantee ROI.. .
East Street Arts
East Street Arts is a contemporary arts organisation working across the UK and EU. Their mission is to support artists to create work that brings lasting change to their everyday lives.
Through their activities programme, professional development and being a leading provider of temporary and permanent space to the creative community.. .
Air & Space Evidence
Air & Space Evidence is a Space Detective Agency. Using satellite images, aerial images and remote sensing as evidence We help individuals, companies and governments with image sourcing and analysis, we advise on using satellite imagery to resolve disputes and legal issues and we provide expert witness testimony.
We also design monitoring programmes and advise governments on Earth Observation policy issues and tackling tax evasion, fraud and environmental crime. Our consultants have an unrivalled blend of academic, business, and military intelligence expertise in the legal, security and technical fields of Earth Observation..
QinetiQ is an international provider of technology-based services and solutions to the defense, security and related markets. They develop and deliver services and solutions for government organisations, predominantly in the UK and US, including defence departments, intelligence services and security agencies.
In addition, they provide technology insertion and consultancy services to commercial and industrial customers around the world.. .
Pioneers in PicoSat technology, Traditionally satellites have been very expensive, even the smallest commercial satellites like Cubesats cost six-figure amounts to build and launch. Alba Orbital develop pico-Satellites which weigh
While, offering almost all of the advantages of a CubeSat. Being leaders in this niche, they are closely partnered with ESA and provide research in this area to them.
AlbaOrbital aims to ‘democratise’ space, allowing affordable access to anyone. They are currently working on 2 platforms – Unicorn-1 and Unicorn-2 and will be launching Unicorn-1 in Q2 2017.
AlbaOrbital also provide technical support and parts for those launching, designing and building picoSatellites.. .
Lumi are using lasers to provide more power to satellites. Over the past decade, satellites have shrunk drastically.
This has come at a cost – satellites don’t get enough power. We want to provide significantly more power to satellites, from ground-based infrastructure.
Our team is engaged in technical research and development to kickstart the new, exciting, commercial space race.. .
Space Ventures Investors
SVI supports innovative early-stage and growth-stage companies operating in the space ecosystem.
Asteroid Mining Corporation Ltd
We are currently developing a satellite to prospect the near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) for mining candidates. AMC will commercialise this data set in order to fund further development of the Asteroid Mining industry, using the revenues from the Space Resource Database to refocus our R&D on the extraction, processing and utilisation of the available extra-terrestrial materials.
We are first and foremost a business. We aim to extract resources from asteroids to boost the Earth’s economy and kick start the Space Based Economy as the vast values of some asteroids can be valued in trillions, with the largest asteroids being worth quintillions, while even small asteroids can be hugely valuable.
This money will be spent in building ever growing amounts of space infrastructure so that we can eventually allow all humans who desire it to live and work in Space. The Asteroid Mining Corporation is also an ecologically minded, ethical company.
We believe asteroid mining will greatly benefit the world environmentally, by moving industry into space so that in future the people of Earth can look upon our planet as the fragile and all important oasis of life in the Solar System. A home where all humanity can live in peace.
Finally we aim to mine asteroids for something much more profound than merely profit. We are driven by a deep and life long obsession with space.
It has been almost 50 years since man first set foot on the Moon, and in that time we haven’t even been back. We want to allow every person on this planet the opportunity to visit, or even live and work in space if they so desire within the next fifty years.
ESA Business Applications
ESA Business Applications is the go-to place for business ideas involving space in all areas of society and economy. Its mission is to support entrepreneurs in Europe in the development of business using satellite applications and space technology.
The programme is designed to provide multiple entry points such as ESA Business Incubation Centres (ESA BICs), ESA Technology Transfer Brokers, ESA Business Application Ambassadors and the ESA Business Applications programme. It can also support ideas of transferring space technology into non-space markets or vice versa..
Space Forms aims to build space drones for autonomous fault detection and maintenance of satellites and space structures.
SteamJet Space Systems
SteamJet is developing safer and more compact water-based propulsion systems for CubeSats and Small Satellites. SteamJet’s propulsion systems enable satellites to: extend mission lifetime, change orbit and simplify constellation management, avoid collisions with other space objects and de-orbit. SteamJet’s proprietary technology uses just low-pressure water as the main propellant, reducing the costs and the risks associated with other typical propulsion systems (eg. high-pressure thrusters or chemicals systems).
SpaceVee provides technology and a cloud-based platform that enables satellites, drones and autonomous vehicles to see much better in low visibility conditions. In conditions such as atmospheric haze, smoke, fog, rain and dust, SpaceVee significantly increases visibility for satellites, drones and autonomous vehicles.
Additionally, SpaceVee’s ERV (Enhanced Remote VIsualization) technology enables satellites, drones and dash-cams to see through thin layers of the surface of large land areas, crop foliage and even roads. This results in remote subsurface imaging or visualization.
ERV works with real-time as well as images taken a minute or years ago. This applies to photos and videos.
ERV can be embedded in existing or specially designed image capture devices such as cameras in HUD systems for vehicles, drones, UAVs, underwater ROVs, robotics, factory inspection machines, construction inspection systems, satellites, airplanes and more. A good quick capture of SpaceVee is at this podcast https://www.podbean.com/eu/pb-ugdq8-d75d3b where SpaceVee’s CEO is interviewed by Soar.earth .
At www.spacevee.com a video demonstrating SpaceVee’s solution can be viewed on the main page. Applications range from advanced vision system for autonomous vehicles, Remote Sensing for Earth Observation, Space Exploration including Astrobiology, Asteroid Mining, Aerial Agriculture Crop Monitoring, Surveillance, Security, Defense, Law-Enforcement, Search & Rescue Operation, Archaeology, Covert Remote Observation and more..
Park Aerospace Corp
Park Aerospace Corp. develops and manufactures advanced composite materials for the aerospace markets.
Saturn Satellite Networks
Saturn Satellite Networks is a startup planning to manufacture and delivery small geostationary satellites to customers in orbit.
Oxford Dynamics is a growing team of technology innovators that work in a dynamic, agile way to provide solutions to tough technical challenges. With expertise covering RF, electro-mechanical, computational fluid dynamics, additive manufacturing and electronics, together with a proven entrepreneurial approach, Oxford Dynamics are uniquely placed to solve your specific challenge.
The company brings together a range of like-minded, award-winning engineers and technologists who have worked together for a number of years. All have a track record of successful delivery into government, aerospace and space projects..
The Spaces Collective
The Spaces Collective is a boutique property management and lettings company based in West London. They are landlords ourselves so we know how to treat you, your tenants and your property.
They offer a comprehensive range of services, which include traditional longlets, corporate lets, holiday shortlets, first class property management, and interior design. They effectively minimise any gaps in tenancy through engaging our expert knowledge of short and corporate lets.
With their innovative use of long, medium, and short lets, they maximise a property’s potential yield and also give their clients the benefit of time – time to find the perfect, longer term tenant. With their roots as a hospitality company, they are able to offer a level of service for our landlords and their tenants that goes far beyond what you can expect from High Street lettings agents..
CosmoCrate is a subscription service for people who are into space. It’s curated by space entusiasts for space enthusiasts.
We aim to bring a small slice of the cosmos to your doorstep monthly.A monthly delivery of awesome stuff for space enthusiasts. .
SPACE4 is a technology company to address space-issues with ethical innovations/future concepts: such as for dementia [ultrasound ++].
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