News & Events

Below you will find our latest news and announcements, as well as a list of the industry events we shall be attending and speaking at. If you would like more information on anything here or would like to arrange a meeting, get in touch on our Contact page.

Press Release
16th May 2024

Craft Prospect completes Phase 1 of Ops-Sat VOLT


(Glasgow, UK) Craft Prospect Ltd (CPL) announced Wednesday the success of the
Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for Ops-Sat VOLT (Versatile Optical Laboratory
for Telecommunications), a groundbreaking CubeSat mission which the company
is leading with support from the European Space Agency (ESA) and the UK Space
Agency (UKSA) and involving a majority of UK and Scottish partners across the
supply chain.


The close-out of the PDR ends the first phase of Ops-Sat VOLT, a €17Mn mission
with a payload designed by CPL comprised of three main components: a classical
and quantum optical laser communication unit, an intelligent hyperspectral
imager and processing chain for climate studies, and an experimenter platform
enabling interested parties to perform in-orbit experiments.


The mission is part of ESA’s ARTES Scylight programme for optical
communications and follows the award-winning ‘Ops-Sat-1’ satellite from ESOC. It
aims to test and evaluate secure, assured, real-time operational techniques and
technologies with a focus on groundbreaking optical and quantum direct-to-earth
communication.


The success of the PDR reflects the work performed by CPL as mission lead and
payload provider. It is also an endorsement of the collaboration between all eight
partners involved on the mission to date, supported by ESA and UKSA.


Speaking at a Space and Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) event in
Glasgow, Craft Prospect Managing Director Steve Greenland said:


“We are proud to announce that we have successfully completed our first
major design review and secured the authority to continue through to the
next phase of the mission, where we will build, test, launch and operate the
VOLT satellite. This is great news for us, our partners in Scotland and across
Europe and the wider ESA Ops-Sat experimenter community, who will all
benefit from the imaging, onboard intelligence and optical
communication capabilities this mission delivers.”


All eight partners will now focus on the Delta Preliminary Design Review, which
will see new partners joining the OPS-SAT VOLT mission.

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Craft Prospect to lead the OPS-SAT Versatile Optical Laboratory for Telecoms (OS2-VOLT) Mission for the European Space Agency

(Glasgow, UK) In a keynote speech at the European Space Agency (ESA) ScyLight Conference held in Greece May 12th-15th, Steve Greenland, Managing Director of Craft Prospect Limited (CPL), announced the ESA OS2 VOLT mission. This circa €12 Mn project will be led by CPL and will incorporate a range of their previously developed technologies on board, including Quantum Key Distribution Space hardware and  Autonomous operations software. The mission will test a range of hardware and software technologies in flight, allowing the Telecom Directorate of ESA under the ScyLight programme to evaluate and test radical new techniques and technologies real time in a Low Earth Orbit environment.

“Our announcement of the joint Craft Prospect / ESA VOLT mission is testament to the six years of investment in our smart secure satellite technology.” continued Steve. “We have seen the role of Space evolve rapidly in recent years, responding to demands for actionable data for climate crisis and assured cybersecure communications. This mission is a major vote of confidence in our business, and positions us to play a critical role for delivering new solutions to the global challenges we face. We look forward to finalising negotiations and moving into kick-off for the second half of 2023.”

OS2-VOLT is a joint ESA/Craft Prospect Ltd (CPL) Mission for demonstrating products and services within a Versatile Optical Laboratory for Telecommunications.  The CPL concept for the payload is a Quantum Classical Optical Communications Transceiver, coupled with an AI Computer and Hyperspectral Imager.  CPL will lead a UK consortium for payload development and exploitation, together with KP Labs in Poland on the High-Performance Data Processing Unit. Several capability demonstrations are planned both as a quantum key delivery and optical communications platform, and for assured, taskable hyperspectral imagery capture for climate resilience applications. Payload experimentation will be accessible through a secure reconfigurable high-performance computing system.

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GLASGOW BASED SPACE COMPANY CRAFT PROSPECT LIMITED SECURES FOLLOW-ON INVESTMENT AND FUNDING FOR QUANTUM COMMUNICATIONS MISSION.

At yesterday’s Ignite Space event in Edinburgh, Craft Prospect announced twin successes in securing funding for commercial growth.

The company received a £870,000 grant award through the UK Space Agency National Space Innovation Programme for its ROKS Mission, coupled with a first investment of £300,000 from the University of Strathclyde, a leading university in quantum technologies.

The funding supports the company’s Smart Secure Space vision to provide quantum and onboard AI products and services for next generation space systems. It follows on from successful investment of over £1m from Capital for Colleagues, a fund that advises and invests in employee-owned businesses and Scottish Enterprise earlier in the year.

The Responsive Operations for Key Services (ROKS) pathfinder mission will demonstrate technologies for future secure telecommunication systems using quantum communications and supported by artificial intelligence. The goal of the current phase will be to produce a payload ready for launch and demonstration in 2022/23.  In addition to University of Strathclyde, the company will lead a consortium including University of Bristol and Fraunhofer UK.

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CRAFT PROSPECT RECEIVES UK SPACE AGENCY GRANT TO DEVELOP AI PROCESSES FOR INTELLIGENT DETECTION

RAPID – Real-time AI processes for Intelligent Detection will look to demonstrate an image processing platform and algorithms to handle high data volumes generated on space based Earth Observation platforms aimed at tackling climate change.

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CRAFT PROSPECT RECEIVES UK SPACE AGENCY GRANT FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A NOVEL QUANTUM LASER PAYLOAD

ROKS – The Responsive Operations for Key Services mission will demonstrate technologies for future secure telecommunication systems using Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) and supported by artificial intelligence.

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CRAFT PROSPECT WINS EDGE AWARD!

The team is thrilled to be an #EDGE16Awards winner, receiving an award  from Scottish EDGE! Here’s a sneak-peak at our teaser video for the main pitch.

UK-CANADA JOINT QUANTUM TECH CALL

Craft Prospect is pleased to announce that we will be leading a UK consortium in partnership with University of Waterloo leading a Canadian team to deliver JADE – a complete quantum source solution for satellite QKD! JADE is targeted to fly on the upcoming Canadian QEYSSat mission to demonstrate space-to-ground QKD. We are delighted to partner with University of Bristol and University of Strathclyde and to have the support from Innovate UK and @QCommHub to deliver this exciting new quantum technology! For more details on this exciting quantum venture, click below!

UK and Canada launch world-first programme of quantum technologies

10 SCOTTISH SPACE TECH COMPANIES TO WATCH

We have been listed number one on a list of “Scotland’s up and coming space tech companies”. Click on the link below to read more and see the wonderful company we are in.

“”Space, the final frontier” a famous Star Trek Captain once said…although the Captain was not Scottish, his trusty engineer “Scotty” would have appreciated the lengths Scottish companies are going to help us reach and breach that frontier. These same companies could help your business too.”

https://www.sdi.co.uk/news-features/news-and-feature-articles/scottish-space-tech-companies-to-watch

Spaceman captures Scotland from above | Press and Journal

PRESS RELEASE: CRAFT PROSPECT WILL LEAD A CONSORTIUM TO EXPLORE CUBESAT AUGMENTED QUANTUM KEY DISTRIBUTION SERVICES

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Craft Prospect Ltd. has been awarded a contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) to explore space-based quantum key distribution services. This work will provide critical inputs to a planned future mission codenamed ROKS for launch in 2022. Cybersecurity services delivered by a QKD enabled CubeSat, will provide new opportunities for next generation cybersecurity technology deployed in space. Click below to read more:

https://www.quantaneo.com/CRAFT-PROSPECT-will-lead-a-Consortium-to-Explore-CubeSat-Augmented-Quantum-Key-Distribution-Services_a552.html

GRADUATION FROM HIGGS BUSINESS INCUBATION CENTRE

Craft Prospect graduates from the Higgs Business Incubation centre!!

Congratulations to Craft Prospect, which is the first company to graduate from the Higgs Business Incubation Centre at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh.

Craft Prospect joined in 2018 as a fledging team of 3 with a prototype and a vision. They graduate as a team of 15 with a saleable AI-enabled technology for satellite missions, commercial contracts with the European Space Agency – ESA, and their own space mission too. To read more about our time, click below:

https://stfc.ukri.org/news-events-and-publications/whats-happening/new-space-start-up-craft-prospect-graduates-from-business-incubation-programme-at-the-higgs-centre-for-innovation/

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Space Quantum Cybersecurity Webinar

Craft Prospect in collaboration with Qureca and Barrier Networks conducted the second webinar of the series themed “Space Quantum Cybersecurity” led by Dr Sonali Mohapatra. The panelists included Steve Greenland, CEO and managing director, Craft Prospect, Denise Ruffner, Chief Business Officer at CQC, Rob Campbell, Med Cybersecurity and Ian McGowan, Managing Director, Barrier Networks. Catch the recording here:

Onboard Data Autonomy

Craft Prospect R&D Project

Our deep-learning based cloud detection payload allows identification of clouds and other features from space, without the need to transmit imagery down to Earth.

Quantum Tech Space Webinar Series

Webinar organized by Craft Prospect in collaboration with QURECA and moderated by Martina Lofqvist from our partners at AstroAgency!

The expert panelists included Thomas JenneweinBettina HeimDouglas McNeilEamonn Murphy, and Mamatha Maheshwarappa and during the call, they covered a range of quantum technologies and space missions!

 

Born to Engineer

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

Steve previously worked as an Industrial Fellow at Clyde Space and University of Strathclyde initiating NANOBED concept 2014-2017.

UKube-1

UK Space Agency

Our team was integral to the first UKSA nanosatellite, UKube-1, which successfully completed its mission in 2015.