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Here is a list of the current SME Forum members:

4Links, the spacecraft communications specialists, designs, manufactures and supplies an extensive range of SpaceWire test equipment and IP products. The company was founded in 2000 by personnel who contributed to the European Space Agency SpaceWire standard, a spacecraft onboard network technology now used internationally on more than 100 satellites. Today the 4Links product range is renowned as being the most comprehensive and reliable on the market. 4Links is based on the Science and Innovation Centre on Bletchley Park, the World War II code-breaking centre, in Buckinghamshire, UK.

AAC Microtec
ÅAC Microtec is a supplier of spacecraft avionics, such as on-board computers, mass memory storage and power management units. ÅAC’s technical competence includes the advanced and robust, fault-tolerant microelectronics for critical space applications. The company also markets complete satellites (weight <150 kg) in collaboration with other specialized suppliers.

AB5 Consulting
AB5 Consulting provides support to organisations in the development and implementation of cost-effective and sustainable strategies, blue-sky thinking and innovative business solutions, regulatory and policy advice and representation at national and international level, such as ITU, UN OOSA, ICAO, IMO, IMSO, EC, ESA, national regulators, license and filing applications, satellite system evaluation and review, the development of system requirements, business development, the preparation of bids and tenders, project management, satellite applications especially for the transport and energy sectors, communication, marketing and stakeholder management.

AeroSpace Cornwall
The AeroSpace Cornwall programme promotes research, development and innovation (RD&I) across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It offers technical and commercial support for businesses looking to develop products, services and technologies which could add competitive advantage to the aerospace and space sectors. The programme will support RD&I projects with a team of technology mentors, match funding, a supply chain competitiveness toolkit and Innovation vouchers. The programme is led by Cornwall Development Company, delivered in partnership with the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF). It aims to increase the size and capability of the space and aerospace sectors in Cornwall and secure ongoing investment in them. AeroSpace Cornwall aims to secure investment from global collaborators and investors as potential end users of the products, services and technology developed as part of the programme. In addition, it will increase the performance and competitiveness of local enterprises, create highly skilled jobs and launch new products into the marketplace.

Aetheric Engineering
Independent consultancy in Satellite Communications, providing support throughout the project cycle from feasibility and design studies, through procurement and project management, to supervision of installation, testing and commissioning. Its space segment support includes monitoring of assembly, integration and test, launch, and in-orbiting testing.

Arralis Technologies Ltd
From MMIC & Modules to Systems and Capability, Arralis provide the ‘Invisible Edge’ to some of the world’s largest aerospace and security companies.

Barum & Dewar
Baram & Dewar specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of protective packaging from foam inserts to bespoke transit containers.

BDE Space
Based near Oxford in the UK BDE Space is an engineering consultancy specialising in satellite communications. It designs satellite earth stations and VSAT networks for International Carriers, ISP’s, Broadcasters, and other clients. Since BDE does not sell any physical hardware, its designs are not biased towards any manufacturer and they are able to provide clients with technically justified and economical solutions reinforced by its 30+ years in the satellite industry. BDE has first-hand experience in handling RF power levels to 10KW and operating at frequencies up to Q Band, so provides clients with the confidence that each system it designs will work reliably and efficiently and comply with the mandatory technical standards.

Bradspace provides consultancy services to the space sector, specialising in small satellites and small launch vehicles and services. Main clients include small and New Space companies wishing to understand more about the realities of building satellites and making them work in space, as well as new launch organisations looking into developing launch vehicles targeted specifically at small satellites. Founder and Director Andy Bradford is a former Engineering Director at SSTL.

Callisto Ltd
Callisto Ltd has been providing engineering support; consultancy and telecommunications systems design expertise since its formation in 1993. Its principle clients are ESA, EUMETSAT and Inmarsat.  Its areas of expertise are satellite ground stations, RF and space communications in general.

CHERRYspace is a network of experienced space industry professionals who help companies grow by exploiting new space technologies or space-enabled services.  It provided consultancy, but prefers to take a more intimate and involved approach in the interim management and direction of companies, possibly even taking an equity stake. It can bring our expertise and experience to: business planning, including raising finance, business pitches; the delivery and execution of business plans; through to exit strategies. The company brings space industry experience to the entrepreneurs of the ‘new space age’.

CodaMotion has been the leading innovator in 3D motion capture systems for research, clinical and aerospace applications for over 30 years.  Its systems track and analyse 3D movement in every kind of environment from large fixed laboratories, through sunlit sports pitches, to the ultimate challenge of space, always providing users with the highest precision and lowest data latency. Codamotion supplies products to the world’s foremost hospitals and university research teams, as well as having systems approved for space flights and space station use by both NASA and the European Space Agency.

CST is 30 years old this year! It has expertise in Commerce, Consultancy and Launch Services. Commerce: For marketing, trading and management of projects in Russia and the FSU. CST has an adequate fund of expertise which can be drawn from its consultancy and launch services. CST has contacts at the right level, key cultural interpretation skills and also provides logistical support. Consultancy: Analysis and assessment of space projects and technologies world-wide and resource prospecting in oil, gas and mineral resources (including water) exploration. The methods have already been tried in Africa with positive results. Launch Services: Launch brokerage and management services since 1993. 33 micro and mini satellites have been launched as of September 2014. All current types of FSU launchers are brokered. CST can access economical launch services to GEO or GTO , dedicated launchers at special prices (such as on tests), sub components; engines, power systems, satellite busses etc.

ela8 Ltd
The UK R&D incentives are intended to stimulate and reward innovation. ela8 is a specialist consultancy helping companies claim these incentives. The company has a passion for R&D and its expertise lies in multi-disciplinary team. The crux of successful claims is in discussing technological activities with senior technical personnel and articulating how they meet the eligibility criteria. The team combines accountancy experience with wide-ranging technology, R&D and entrepreneurial acumen; they understand technology and can fully explore eligibility with businesses, talking in their language to maximise claims. ela8 works with satellite, aerospace, defence and engineering businesses, offering a range of services to meet varied needs. Whilst many space sector companies already claim relief, the company’s experience is that start-ups/SMEs may not have the resources to devote to pursuing claims alone. It brings together the knowledge and experience required for a robust claim, supporting clients throughout the process.

ESR Technology
For over four decades, ESR has run the European Space Tribology Laboratory (ESTL) – Europe’s centre of excellence in the science and engineering of friction, lubrication and wear (tribology) for spacecraft applications. ESR supports designers and manufacturers of mechanical systems that operate in space or vacuum environments through one or more of the following activities: Consultancy, design support and training; friction and wear studies; mission-orientated tribology related research and development programmes; solid and liquid lubrication of precision components; independent thermal-vacuum testing for development, life and qualification For space and other high-end engineering industries, our ESR Space business also offers consultancy, integration and testing services to support mechanism development and assembly, including: Mechanical design, analysis and development services; support to integration and verification activities; independent mechanism design appraisal in support of major review preparations; access to facilities and AIT resource.

Geospatial Insight
Geospatial Insight is a leading provider of independent research to the Finance and Insurance sectors derived from the analysis of satellite imagery and the integration of this intelligence with a range of other data sources. Established in 2012 by several highly experienced experts in the Geospatial market, Geospatial Insight has expanded the team to include finance sector specialists. Its resources include satellite data reseller agreements, in-house research analysts and relationships with many geospatial information partners to provide risk analysis intelligence products and services to clients around the world.

Goonhilly Earth Station (GES) Ltd
Goonhilly Earth Station owns and operates the world’s most famous satellite ground station. Based in Cornwall, UK, Goonhilly is being transformed into a major hub for space communications with activities in commercial satellite teleport operations, tracking and telecommand, test and measurement, earth observation, carrier monitoring. It has a flexible, cost-effective approach offering hosted or managed services with world-class infrastructure and skilled experienced staff available 24/7. Goonhilly is one of the best connected locations in the UK with access to ultra high speed fibre-optic connections to London telehouses and to the rest of the world via sub-sea cables.

Helios supports its customers in the development of new space-based programmes and their downstream commercialisation. Our ‘upstream’ programme capabilities include feasibility studies, funding and procurement strategy, certification and policy advice. For ‘downstream’ commercialisation we provide market forecasting, business cases, user trials and application feasibility studies. The team has particular expertise in exploiting space assets including Galileo and Copernicus within aviation.

HighQ Systems Ltd
Satellite communication systems and space business development consultants. High Q provides specialist support to space companies needing extra resources for communications payload design, development, validation and procurement activities. Experienced support can also be provided in engineering or project management, team establishment and collaboration or technology development and commercialisation.

In-Space Missions Ltd
In-Space Missions Limited was established to develop new space missions and to provide consultancy and procurement support to the space industry.  The company operates in the following areas: Teaming to develop new missions and take them from concept to fully funded, operational systems; Consultancy to newspace companies, traditional space companies, institutions and government. In-Space is able to support and enable everything from large scale capital projects to small scale technical developments; Procurement Support to space companies, new entrants and government. In-Space provides a customer friend function to enable pragmatic technical and programmatic oversight on space mission and subsystem procurements.

Inverse Quanta Ltd
Inverse Quanta Ltd (IQL) is an independent consultancy with expertise in the space, security and defence domains. IQL undertakes work across Europe, with an emphasis on early concept studies, bid support, business development, technology spin-out and business incubation.

ISP International SpacePropulsion Ltd
Primarily a propulsion engineering consultancy offering technical and project support to industry, based on a 30-year heritage of manufacturing, development and system AIT within Europe and US. Procurement agents for design and manufacture of small systems and specialised ground equipment for provision to ESA. Business development consultants for industrial SMEs wishing to participate in UK space sector, utilising strong technical and project heritage of working with UKSA and ESA.

JCR Systems
JCR Systems specialises in the design, development and verification of microwave, millimetre-wave and sub millimetre-wave radiometers. The team at JCR Systems has a world-class reputation, gained over more than 25 years in the space industry that started with the AMSU-B programme at BAe Space Systems, Bristol for the UK Met Office. This saw the development of three flight models for NOAA’s  Advance TIROS-N programme and an additional model for NASA’s EOS-AQUA programme. More recently, it has been making substantial contributions in the leadership of instrument definition studies for next generation microwave radiometers for MetOP-SG, EGPM and JASON-CS. Customers have included ESA, TRW, Lockheed–Martin, BAe Systems, Thales-Alenia Space and Astrium.  JCR Systems is a privately owned, wholly independent company.

Loughborough University
Loughborough University is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivaled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. Loughborough University’s Space Cluster includes businesses across the breadth of the sector including both upstream and downstream (using spaced-enabled data and services). Working in partnership with the UK Space Agency our Space Incubator is committed to helping start-up companies, and those new to the space sector to succeed by sharing and applying ideas, knowledge, technologies, skills and services.

Magna Parva
Magna Parva engineers next generation Space technologies bringing significant heritage within R&D and flight missions such as ExoMars and BepiColombo. Covering a wide range of engineering disciplines and experienced in flight mechanical, structural & mechanisms hardware delivery, it can deliver step change in capability for comms, science and exploration missions. Its own technologies include Acoustic Propulsion Management Devices, Hold Down and Release Mechanisms and In-Space Manufacturing of very large booms. The patented in-Space manufacturing system provides a method of producing huge carbon composite 3D structures in space. A prototype system has been successfully built and tested under ‘near space’ conditions at Magna Parva’s Leicester development facility. It demonstrates the potential for the production of assemblies, equipment or even buildings from fully cured and consolidated carbon fibre materials, potentially miles in length.

Methera Global Communications Ltd (MGCL)
Methera Global Communications Ltd was established in October 2015 to design, implement and operate a medium earth orbit (MEO) satellite communications constellation with potentially global reach (‘Methera”). Methera will provide low-cost super-fast broadband services to rural customers via selected resellers in a number of nations around the world. It is currently in the study phase of the programme, with a goal of introducing service by 2021.

Morson Projects
Morson Projects provides cost-effective multi-disciplined project management, engineering and design services to clients across a variety of industrial sectors. This gives clients added value and the advantages of bringing “best practice” that has been developed by Morson Projects delivery teams. Services range from complete ‘turnkey’ project management through to detailed design exercise. Clients have the opportunity to outsource complete design packages to Morson Projects.

Mullard Space Science Laboratory
MSSL is a department of University College London, specialising in space research instrumentation with in-house detector, software, mechanical and electronic engineering facilities for design, build, integration and test. MSSL has close links with industry including technology transfer programmes.

National Composites Centre
The NCC is a not-for-profit Industrial Research and Technology centre based outside Bristol. It specialises in composites manufacturing processes helping industry to de-risk and improve and speed up the commercial introduction of composite materials and processes. It is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, and its capability offering to industry is to deliver full concept to production process ready prototype service.

Neptec UK Ltd
Neptec UK Ltd is an SME based in Harwell specialising in the development, production, integration, operation and support of intelligent spaceflight and exploration sensors and equipment. Technologies include a range of laser technologies for positioning and communication, LiDAR and IR cameras, situational awareness sensors for use on rovers, space vehicles and satellites, and navigation sensors and software for space and non-space markets.  The company builds on Neptec Design Group’s success in Canada as an award winning spaceflight engineering company, giving Neptec UK access to World-leading expertise to support the company’s plans for growth in the UK.

Nicofe Materials Ltd
Nicofe Materials (formerly Ed Fagan) supplies Soft Magnetic and Controlled Expansion alloys and operates with High Tech, Progressive companies who typically operate in the Aerospace, Satellite, F1, Medical, Defence markets and they are very often looking to develop existing product or bring on new products. It helps companies get more power from their soft magnetic motors or cores, and assists with bonding metal to glass when they are being hampered by cracking or leaking or when they are concerned about miniaturisation and performance drops. Through understanding the customer’s products and with over 40 years of experience, Nicofe helps develop process, materials and supply chains to improve the performance of the metallic content of their products.

Nottingham Scientific Ltd (NSL)
Nottingham Scientific Ltd is a UK-based SME that specialises in the development of GNSS-based technologies and applications. NSL develops solutions for commercial and governmental markets where there is a high degree of assurance placed on the accuracy, availability ad integrity of positional and timing information.

ONI plc
Established in 1992, ONI plc is a leading provider of IT solutions and services to the Public Sector, Space & Defence and commercial markets. Owning a Tier 3+ Data Centre facility, ONI offers a unique blend of cloud, on-site and hybrid solutions with expertise across; core infrastructure, Unified Communications and collaboration, enterprise networks, contact centre, data centre, security and connectivity.

Orbital Works
Orbital Works is a start -up that focuses on creating B2B applications utilising satellite Earth Observation (EO) data. Its primary areas of interest are agricultural yield analysis and remotely monitoring infrastructure. It has recently been awarded a grant from Innovate UK to prototype a novel technology that could greatly boost the capability of detecting threats that affect hazardous material pipelines. Threats include leakages, third-party damage and geohazards, e.g. movement and soil erosion.

Oxford Space Systems
Oxford Space Systems is an award-winning space technology business developing novel hardware solutions that are lighter, less complex and lower cost than those in current commercial demand.  The OSS vision is to become a recognised, leading supplier of highly competitive deployable structures for the global satellite industry. By working with leading academic & commercial collaborators, OSS is developing genuinely innovative scalable boom, panel and antenna solutions for Europe’s leading satellite builders. Based at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus – the UK’s Space Cluster – OSS enjoys access to the world-class facilities & expertise of RAL Space, together with support from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and the Satellite Applications Catapult.

Plum Consulting
Plum Consulting has a long and successful track record supporting space sector activities across the technical, regulatory, economic and policy domains.  Our expertise includes interference analysis; link budget design; satellite network / Earth station spectrum authorisation and service licensing; frequency coordination; ITU-R rules, guidelines and procedures on satellite filings; spectrum fees and cost recovery charges; the drafting of space services regulatory framework guidelines, procedures and policy statements.

Satellite Oceanographic Consultants Ltd
Satellite Oceanographic Consultants Ltd was founded in 2008 by Dr David Cotton and Dr Ellis Ash, both with over 12 years’ experience of consultancy and applied research in satellite oceanography.  The company’s mission is to develop and promote practical applications of satellite oceanography by working with industry, the research community and commercial and institutional end-users. Satellite Oceanographic Consultants’ principal expertise is on wind, wave and surface current data from satellite microwave sensors. They also have close association with specialists on satellite optical, infrared and synthetic aperture radar.

ScottSpace was formed to provide support to organisations developing technologies with applications in space, and also those already involved in space that wish to exploit technologies in terrestrial applications. Current clients include: RAL Space, UKSA, the University of Leicester, and the Cornwall Development Company. I work both within an organisation in hands-on roles, or as a consultant.

SEN Corporation Ltd
SEN will create space television, gathering news & information about worlds and events, delivering unique perspectives of what’s going on in space and providing valuable data for the multi-billion dollar space market. SEN aims to inspire, educate and connect humanity.

Seradata Ltd
Seradata produces SpaceTrak, the Space Industry’s leading launch and satellite database. Delivered via a powerful website, SpaceTrak provides comprehensive, consistent, independent and authoritative information covering every launch and satellite since Sputnik (1957). SpaceTrak guides the marketing and risk decisions of manufacturers, launch providers, satellite operators and insurance companies worldwide.

Spur Electron Ltd
Spur Electron Ltd is a privately owned company established in 1982 to provide component engineering, procurement, laboratory services and assembly to the Space, Aerospace, Military and Government sectors.

STAR-Dundee is a leading supplier of spacecraft on-board data-handling technology, delivering a comprehensive range of SpaceWire and SpaceFibre test and development equipment, chip designs and IP cores to the international aerospace industry. SpaceWire is the de facto standard network technology for current spacecraft on-board data handling applications, already being used on over 100 spacecraft. SpaceFibre is a new, multi-Gbits/s, on-board network technology which runs over both electrical and fibre-optic cables. SpaceFibre is capable of fulfilling a wide range of on-board communications applications because of its inbuilt quality of service (QoS) and fault detection, isolation and recovery (FDIR) capabilities. The innovative QoS mechanism provides concurrent bandwidth reservation, priority and scheduled QoS.  Novel integrated FDIR support provides galvanic isolation, transparent recovery from transient errors, error containment and “Babbling Idiot” protection. SpaceFibre is backwards compatible with existing SpaceWire equipment at the packet level allowing simple interconnection of SpaceWire devices into a SpaceFibre network.

Stellar Solutions Aerospace Limited
Stellar Solutions Aerospace Limited was established in the UK in 2004, to further Stellar’s vision internationally: satisfy its customers’ critical needs with talented and engaged staff, helping them realise their dream jobs. Today the company’s guiding principles and values remain the same, with a diverse, multi-skilled international staff and an equally diverse and innovative set of international customers. Engineering and project support for space systems remains SSAL’s core business, but in recent years the company has further diversified to support aeronautical market assessments and projects, and to provide due diligence and other advisory services to the insurance and financial sectors.

Tessella is an international analytics, software services and consulting company known for finding and delivering innovative answers to the complex business and technical challenges. It works in the following sectors: Life Sciences; Consumer Industries; Oil and Gas; Government Science; Space & Defence.

Trym Systems Ltd
Trym Systems Ltd provides technical and business development consultancy services.  Expertise in scientific and Earth Observation missions is offered and is of value in particular toe SMEs wishing to grow from a technology niche into programmes.