Satlantis buys University of Cambridge spin-off SuperSharp in smallsat deal

Satlantis buys University of Cambridge spin-off SuperSharp in smallsat deal

The size of the investment was undisclosed, with the UK Secretary of State having already approved the transaction, back in March.

Satlantis says the agreement will provide SuperSharp “with the financial and industrial resources required for the expansion of the company ahead of its In-Orbit Demonstration (IOD)”. This is scheduled for 2025.

Satlantis was founded in the United States in 2013 but now has its headquarters in Bilbao.

To support miniaturisation and a resolution-to-mass ratio, SuperSharp has been developing unfolding technology to offer 4x better spatial resolution per unit cost. This is designed for satellites as small as 12U CubeSats (6m GSD), up to 150-200 kg Small Satellite platforms (1m GSD).

The companies say the deal “creates a global leader in high-resolution electro-optical payloads for small satellites”.

Specifically, Satlantis’ portfolio of high-resolution visible (VIS), near infrared (NIR) and short-wave infrared (SWIR) payloads should be enhanced with SuperSharp’s expertise in mid-wave infrared (MWIR) and long-wave infrared (LWIR) instruments.

“SuperSharp is the best company to enlarge the camera spectrum and embark hard infrared eyes into our missions,” said Satlantis co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Juan Tomas Hernani. “Furthermore, the UK & other international markets will benefit from these unique capacities.”

For its part, the co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of SuperSharp, Professor Ian Parry, commented:

“Our exciting new alliance will create a strong optical team and let us deploy our unfolding space telescope in orbit very soon.”

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