Press Release

Another Five Spacecraft Launched With Bright Ascension’s Flight Software Onboard

By SpaceRef Editor
July 1, 2021
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Bright Ascension Ltd., an industry-leading space software technology provider, is pleased to announce that its five latest GenerationOne flight software

deployments were launched onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on 30th June, 2021. Bright Ascension provided the spacecraft software to Kleos Space’s Polar Vigilance Mission (KSF1) and the Faraday Phoenix satellite, built as part of In-Space Missions’ Faraday programme to become a Service Mission Provider.

Kleos Space’s satellites detect and geolocate radio frequency transmissions to deliver a global picture of hidden maritime activity for enhanced intelligence capability. The KSF1 mission is a cluster of 4 satellites designed to enhance the company’s RF geolocation data delivered by the Kleos Scouting Mission, which was successfully launched in November 2020. The KSF1 spacecraft were built by Innovative Solutions In Space B.V. (ISISPACE) with the software system designed by Bright Ascension, using its innovative space software products to help keep development time short within tight project timelines.

The Faraday Phoenix mission, a re-flight of the original Faraday-1 satellite lost at launch, is part of In-Space Missions’ Faraday programme. Co-funded by ESA (European Space Agency), it enables multiple third-party payloads to ‘rideshare’ on a single satellite platform, providing low-cost access to space. Similar to its predecessor, the Faraday Phoenix satellite carries Bright Ascension’s flight software onboard, tying together the spacecraft’s subsystems and seamlessly interfacing with a large number of third-party payloads, including a host of software-defined radios of various types.

As they progress through their lives in orbit, both Faraday Phoenix and KSF1 satellites will make full use of Bright Ascension’s Mission Control Software and its tight integration with the flight software. This will help to significantly simplify, improve, and automate their mission operations.

“We are extremely proud of the hard work we have put in to help make these missions a success,” said Peter Mendham, CEO at Bright Ascension. “Both Faraday Phoenix and KSF1 had very tight project timescales, giving us less than six months for software development.

But our unique modular approach allows for the complex flight software to be built quickly and effectively, which means we were able to support the lead times and deliver our cutting- edge spacecraft technology promptly and efficiently.”

The Faraday Phoenix and KSF1 missions add to the list of successfully launched spacecraft with Bright Ascension’s software onboard, taking the current total to 24 satellites, with many more in development.

About Bright Ascension

Bright Ascension Ltd. is an industry-leading space software technology provider, offering unique off-the- shelf software products and solutions for the delivery of space-based services, both on spacecraft and on the ground.

Our innovative modular approach allows our customers to significantly speed up mission development, simplify and automate operations, and results in lower total mission cost. Easily adaptable, and tailored to the exact requirements of your unique mission, our pre-verified software components have been tried and tested in flight with over a dozen satellites currently in orbit. More information:

About Innovative Solutions In Space

Innovative Solutions In Space (ISISPACE) is one of the leading companies in the small satellite market. Founded in 2006, the company operates globally and serves customers worldwide in accomplishing their space missions and applications.

ISISPACE specializes in realizing innovative turn-key small satellite missions including launch and opera- tions for in-orbit delivery. ISISPACE designs and delivers small satellite platforms, for single missions and constellations, either standardized or optimised in performance and size tailored to the mission needs. In addition to that, the company supports space capability building through training programs, knowledge transfer as well as component sales.

Currently, ISISPACE employs over 125 specialist employees from 25 different nationalities. For more information please visit:

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