With its first ground station, Clyde Space moves towards turnkey smallsat service

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LOGAN, Utah — Clyde Space, a company well-known for manufacturing cubesats, commissioned its first ground station with an antenna installed on the roof of the company’s headquarters in Glasgow, Scotland.

The company is building additional ground stations in San Jose, California and Qatar, as part of its campaign to offer customers end-to-end satellite mission services.

Many new companies seeking to gather data or provide services via satellite have little expertise in satellite mission design or on-orbit operations.

“There’s been a big demand for us to operate our satellites as well as manufacture them,” Craig Clark, Clyde Space founder and chief executive, said in an Aug. 9 statement released at the Small Satellite Conference here.

Clyde Space will commission its new ground stations in San Jose and Qatar later this month, Hoban said.

Government, commercial and academic institutions have expressed interest in using Clyde Space’s new Glasgow ground station, but the firm has not yet started using it to relay communications.

Clyde Space executives said the new ground station relies on software to adapt to customer needs, including high-data-rate communications.

Scottish Enterprise SMART, an economic development agency, awarded a grant to Clyde Space to build the Glasgow ground station.