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Bright Ascension Offers Free Academic Sponsorship to SmallSat Attendees as It Opens Up Its 2022 Applications

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
Bright Ascension
August 4, 2022
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Bright Ascension Offers Free Academic Sponsorship to SmallSat Attendees as It Opens Up Its 2022 Applications
Bright Ascension
Bright Ascension

Bright Ascension Ltd., an industry-leading space software technology provider, is pleased to announce that it will be offering an academic sponsorship exclusively to attendees of the Small Satellites Conference in Logan, Utah on August, 6-11, as it confirms the start of sponsorship applications for the upcoming 2022/2023 academic year as part of its Bright Start Academic Programme. The company will hold a conference side meeting on August, 10, titled COTS Software for Faster and Efficient Mission Development, where attendees will be encouraged to sign up for the programme and apply to be sponsored with Bright Ascension’s flight and ground software.

Building on the successful collaboration with academic institutions over recent years, Bright Ascension created an extensive academic programme called Bright Start to help enhance future skill-building within the industry. The Bright Start Academic Programme offers free or affordable bundles of the company’s two products: Flight Software Development Kit and Mission Control Software. Through significant improvements in efficiency, lower delivery costs and increased capabilities, these software solutions allow students and researchers to launch their missions sooner, reduce risks, automate processes and optimise spacecraft operation.

As part of the Bright Start programme, the company once again opens up applications for academic teams to be sponsored with flight and ground software entirely free of charge. Bright Ascensions expects to sponsor up to three academic missions in 2022/2023 and confirms that one of these opportunities will be offered exclusively to SmallSat attendees.

“It is so important to support future skill-building within the industry and that is why we are offering sponsorship and affordable licencing options to students and researchers,” said Peter Mendham, CEO. “We would like to encourage all interested parties to join our upcoming event to find out more about Bright Start, the missions we already sponsored and, of course, apply for the exclusive SmallSat sponsorship.”
The SmallSat side meeting titled COTS Software for Faster and Efficient Mission Development is scheduled for August 10 at 3:30pm in Room ESLC 46.

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.

Started in 2011, we offer a fresh and unique approach to space software development. Our team come from both the space industry and other high-technology sectors, which allows us to blend the most innovative ideas from different fields and create new and unique approaches to software development and operation.
Our innovative modular approach allows our customers to significantly speed up mission development, simplify and automate operations, and results in lower total mission cost. As of this day, 33 spacecraft have been launched to orbit with our software onboard.

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Bright Ascension Ltd.

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