NanoAvionics, a nanosatellite bus manufacturer and mission integrator, is expanding its space sector business in the United Kingdom by moving to a new, larger facility for satellite assembly, integration and testing (AIT) as well as sales, technical support and R&D activities in Basingstoke this month.
Having already developed a hub in Lithuania and two in the USA, the move, entirely financed by NanoAvionics, is the first step for its UK growth plans by creating jobs in the space sector and a local technology cluster with a dedicated supply chain of companies in Britain.
The new facility will allow NanoAvionics to keep thriving and provide nanosatellite AIT services to its growing and existing customer base in the UK. NanoAvionics’ customers in the UK include IoT connectivity provider Lacuna Space and Sen, a space company developing its “EarthTV” constellation to stream real-time and timely Ultra-High Definition (UHD) videos of Earth.
Commenting on the new facility, Vytenis J Buzas, CEO of NanoAvionics said: “Following the establishment of our first office at Harwell Campus last year, NanoAvionics is now further expanding its business in the UK by investing in this new AIT facility, creating jobs and by developing a technology cluster and supply chain, similarly to what we have done in Lithuania and the USA.
“To grow our Satellite production capabilities locally, we are going to connect with companies in Britain such as printed circuit board suppliers, electronics manufacturers, cable assembly providers, producers of mechanical components and surface treatment providers.”
Heading the company’s operations in the UK is Robin Sampson, business development manager for NanoAvionics UK and Western Europe. “The ambition which the UK has shown in competing within the global space industry resonates with NanoAvionics and brought us to the UK in the first place. One of the reasons that we’ve doubled-down on our investment in the UK, is that we see the potential to conduct world-class industrial research and development here. 5G telecoms and IoT technologies are set to play a big part in all of our futures and NanoAvionics are well equipped to support and benefit from the UK’s positioning in this key enabling technology and we look forward to connecting with the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey.
“NanoAvionics has also played a key role in enabling chemical propulsion systems on 6U nanosatellite systems, and we have developed some world-class IP in this area. This is something we now seek to develop further with stakeholders at the UK National Propulsion Test Facility.
“Basingstoke is a great location for us because it offers a good and quick connection to other important locations in the UK. And Belvedere House, in the town centre of Basingstoke, offered NanoAvionics a suitable space to install a cleanroom and all the necessary equipment for our nanosatellite production, with an opportunity to scale. I’d particularly like to thank Enterprise M3 for their help in enabling our move.”
Leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Cllr Ken Rhatigan said: “I am delighted that NanoAvionics has chosen to invest in Basingstoke. This decision is a real vote of confidence in what our borough has to offer for businesses as our economy recovers from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“As Basingstoke has been named as one of the top UK locations for investment in growing technology companies, NanoAvionics is a welcome addition to Basing View and joins a number of other companies who are leading the way in developing technology that will transform the way we live in the future.”
The official opening of NanoAvionics’ new facility will take place on November 19, 2020, with an online event including a presentation about the company and its plans in the UK, a virtual tour and breakout sessions for suppliers, governmental organisations as well as a nanosatellite systems engineering workshop.