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In-Space Missions Limited Announces Acquisition By Bae Systems

14th September 2021

In-Space Missions has announced that it will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of BAE Systems with immediate effect.

In-Space Missions was founded in 2015 and is based in Hampshire with more than 30 employees. It designs, builds and operates bespoke physical and digital customer space missions, providing a service to customers keen to get their technology on orbit quickly.  It also recently launched a ‘rideshare’ satellite in June this year, ‘Faraday Phoenix’ combining six satellites into one spacecraft – allowing customers to take a ‘slot’ on board rather than having to build and manage an entire spacecraft and launch for themselves.  This saves time and is more cost effective and sustainable.

BAE Systems already has specialist space technologies in waveforms, electronics, antennas and digital signal processing and analytics. The acquisition of In-Space Missions allows BAE Systems to integrate this technology into complete satellites and operate them in orbit allowing it to combine a range of space capabilities that help deliver information advantage, multi-domain operations and networking for customers. BAE Systems’ experience in highly secure satellite communications will complement In-Space Missions’ full lifecycle satellite capability to make a unique sovereign UK space offer.

Science Minister Amanda Solloway, said: This acquisition is a great vote of confidence in our thriving space sector.

By bringing on board the expertise of In-Space Missions, BAE Systems will help to expand the UK’s capabilities in low earth orbit satellites, creating valuable export opportunities, while keeping this country at the forefront of a new commercial space age.