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Oxford Space Systems is an award-winning space technology business that's pioneering the development of a new generation of deployable structures that are lighter, less complex and lower cost than those in current commercial demand.

A UNIQUELY DIVERSE & TALENTED TEAM

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Founded by experienced entrepreneur & CEO, Mike Lawton, the quickly growing Oxford Space Systems team contains a diverse range of world-class expertise in the fields of RF engineering, aerospace, mechanical, electrical/electronic, and thermal engineering for the space environment.

Drawing on conventional wisdom, as well as fresh thinking, the OSS team is proud to be at the forefront of developments in the new space age. Oxford Space Systems is set on becoming the leading supplier of deployable space structures globally. Development collaboration contracts are under way with Europe’s satellite builders as well as emerging players in the microsat & cubesat markets in the US, Europe and Asia.

Oxford Space Systems currently works in three principle areas of development: deployable panels, flexible composite boom systems and large deployable antennas. Combining new and traditional materials with an agile approach, means OSS is designing and delivering innovative, scalable structures that save significantly in both build & launch costs.

Based at the heart of the United Kingdom’s space activity – the Harwell Space Cluster – OSS has excellent access to the expertise & facilities of RAL Space, the European Space Agency, the Science and Technology Facilities Council and the Satellite Applications Catapult. OSS is backed by significant private equity and enjoys the support of Innovate UK, the European Space Agency and the UK Space Agency.

OSS has numerous collaborations with leading industry players & academia both in Europe and beyond and welcomes the opportunity to explore mutually beneficial collaborative developments.

We welcome inquiries globally for collaboration, specific product developments as well as potential terrestrial exploitation of our technology.

  • Company Number: 8683577
  • VAT Number: GB176 0166 12

OUR TEAM

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MANAGEMENT TEAM

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MIKE
LAWTON

Founder, CEO & Business Development

Founded and successfully exited 2 technology business

Up & Coming Oxfordshire Entrepreneur of the Year (2007)

Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Design Award of the Year (2007)

Green Technology of the Year for India (2009)

DR JUAN REVELES

DR JUAN
REVELES

Chief Technology Officer

Award-winning PhD research in Computational Mechanics (Cranfield University)

16+ years experience in analysis of complex engineering systems: automotive, electronics and space systems

17 conference and peer reviewed journal publications

External examiner for the MSc in Astronautics and Space Engineering, Cranfield University

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MAT
ROWE

Chief Operating Officer

25 years project & program management experience across nuclear, space and defence sectors

Successful delivery of 25+ projects for ESA, NASA, CNES, Thales Alenia Space and Airbus & other primes

Full Member of the Association of Project Management (MAPM)

Experience of managing individual projects of value exceeding £465m

MATTHEW DREAPER

MATTHEW
DREAPER

Chief Financial Officer

Lead, or key role, in £93m worth of transactions over the last decade

£2m of funding for a number of start-up ventures since 2008

FD and support services to OSS & a select group of high-growth tech companies

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ROB
SPURRETT

Non-Exec Board Director

Former space industry senior executive

Over 30 years experience in the commercial space sector

Numerous successful developments of disruptive space technology and services

JOHN YATES

JOHN
YATES

Non-Exec Board Director

29 years of experience in the commercial space sector

UK Delegate to the European Space Agency JCB 2009-2014

Policy Advisor to the UK Parliamentary Space Committee 2010-2014

DAVID DENNY

DAVID
DENNY

Board Director / Longwall Ventures

MBA (Harvard Business School)

Grew European and Asian Divisions of MOT Start-Up, Z-Corporation

Focus on high-value engineering opportunities

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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MAT
ROWE

Senior Project Manager

25 years project & program management experience across nuclear, space and defence sectors

Successful delivery of 25+ projects for ESA, NASA, CNES, Thales Alenia Space and Airbus & other primes

Full Member of the Association of Project Management (MAPM)

Experience of managing individual projects of value exceeding £465m

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VICKY
PARRY

Project Manager

MSc Astronautics & Space Engineering (Cranfield University, UK)

APM Project Management Qualification (IPMA Level D Certification)

Cranfield Space Research Centre Director’s Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement

Scholarship for Masters Studies

BSc IT & Telecommunications (First Class Hons)

BSc Thesis published in Best Dissertations Volume (2011)

ASHLEY DOVE-JAY

DR ASHLEY
DOVE-JAY

Project Manager

PhD in Morphing Aerospace Structures (University of Bristol)

MEng in Aerospace Engineering (First Class Hons, University of Liverpool) and SSP in Space Policy & Law (International Space University)

10+ academic and 30+ popular science publications

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

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MIKE
LAWTON

Founder, CEO & Business Development

Founded and successfully exited 2 technology business

Up & Coming Oxfordshire Entrepreneur of the Year (2007)

Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Design Award of the Year (2007)

Green Technology of the Year for India (2009)

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SHEFALI
SHARMA

Business Development

MSc Astronautics & Space Engineering (Cranfield University, UK)

BEng Aircraft Engineering (First class Hons, University of Highlands & Islands)

Successfully completed Aircraft EASA Part 66 B1.1 (Turbine Engined Aircraft) Modules which was followed by an Aircraft Maintenance Apprenticeship in Scotland

ANALYSIS ENGINEERING

DR JUAN REVELES

DR JUAN
REVELES

Chief Technology Officer

Award-winning PhD research in Computational Mechanics (Cranfield University)

16+ years experience in analysis of complex engineering systems: automotive, electronics and space systems

17 conference and peer reviewed journal publications

External examiner for the MSc in Astronautics and Space Engineering, Cranfield University

Tao Huang

DR TAO
HUANG

Head of RF Engineering

PhD in Radar & Telecommunications (University of Sheffield, UK)

Specialised in RF, Microwave & Antenna research, product design & development

Over 20 years experience working in Satellite and Telecommunication industry

VINOTH GURUSAMY

VINOTH
GURUSAMY

Senior Aerospace Mechanical Thermal Engineer

10 years experience in thermal engineering and structural dynamics

MSc in Aerostructures (University of Sheffield)

BEng in Aeronautical Engineering (Anna University)

DR YOSHIRO OGI

DR YOSHIRO
OGI

Senior Aerospace Mechanical Thermal Engineer

PhD in Aerospace Engineering – ISAS/JAXA, Sokendai (Graduate University for Advanced Studies), Japan

7 years R&D and teaching experience at Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo, Japan

30+ journal & conference publications

Key skills: Spacecraft dynamics with flexible appendages, Gossamer space structures and High-precision structures

AMJAD KHAN

AMJAD
KHAN

Aerospace Mechanical Thermal Engineer

M.Sc. Aerospace Engineering (Technical University of Munich (Asia), Singapore)

B-Tech Aerospace Engineering (SRM University, India)

Key Skills: Composite structural analysis and simulation

DR ALEX BRINKMEYER

DR ALEX
BRINKMEYER

Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate

PhD in Morphing Composite Structures (University of Bristol)

MEng in Aeronautical Engineering (Imperial College London)

5 journal & conference publications

Experience with flexible composites at the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories (California Institute of Technology)

DESIGN, MANUFACTURE, ASSEMBLY & TEST

VINCENT FRAUX

VINCENT
FRAUX

Head of Design & MAIT

10+ years space hardware design experience

MSc in Astronautics and Space Engineering (Cranfield University)

BEng in Aerospace Engineering and Astronautics (Kingston University)

Aerospace Mechanics and Production Engineering Diploma (Toulouse University Technical Institute)

4 conference and peer reviewed journal publications

MARK TACKLEY

MARK
TACKLEY

Mechanical Design
Engineer

10 years combined experience in space hardware assembly and CAD design

14 years hands-on experience in mechanical engineering manufacturing & assembly

Apprentice trained mechanical engineer

Piotr

Piotr
Piekarniak

Mechanical Design Engineer

MSc in Mechatronics / Mechanical Engineering (Warsaw University of Technology)

12+ years’ experience in design and development of instrumentation, special purpose mechanisms and equipment

 

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Manisha Kushwaha

Mechanical Design Engineer

Erasmus Mundus SpaceMaster Graduate

MSc in Astronautics and Space Engineering (Cranfield University, UK)

MSc in Space Science and Technology (Luleå University of Technology, Sweden)

BEng in Aerospace Engineering (Moscow Aviation Institute, Russia)

KEY COLLABORATORS

MARTIN HUMPHRIES

MARTIN HUMPHRIES

Principal Collaborator

Former Head of Mechanisms at BAE Systems

35+ years space flight design, 40+ successful space flight missions

ESA and NASA recognised expert in space mechanisms

PROF. ZHONG YOU

PROF. ZHONG YOU

Principal Collaborator

Professor of Engineering Science (University of Oxford)

Expert in deployable closed kinematic chain structures & origami folding

100+ journal & conference publications, 1 monograph and 6 patents

COLLABORATORS & SUPPORT PARTNERS

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OVERVIEW OF OSS PRODUCTS

Oxford Space Systems is developing innovative deployable hardware solutions which meet the challenges of the new space age. Our approach is one of agile technology development & validation where success is measured in proven hardware – not the number of documents produced. Our strategy of ‘fast & lean’, combined with unique proprietary materials, permits us to mature solutions at lower cost and faster pace than many of our customers can achieve internally.

Our portfolio of ITAR-free technologies currently spans three principal areas: AstroHinge™ Scalable Panel Array, Unfurlable Antennas and our AstroTube™ range of linear boom systems. Beyond technical excellence, we’re differentiated by our core design philosophy: lower costs by reducing complexity, mass and lead times. We’re proud of our rapidly growing reputation of being the UK’s ‘go to’ company for innovative deployable technology.

Our technology and products are co-developed with leading experts from academia and industry and in most cases supported and overseen by Innovate UK, the European Space Agency and the UK Space Agency.

Much of our work is performed under Confidentiality Agreement with a broad portfolio of industry names but a selection of some of developments in the public domain is available below.

UNFURLABLE REFLECTOR ANTENNAS

The Oxford Space Systems architecture has been highly commended by the European Space Agency. Currently being developed in collaboration with two major industry players under UK funding from NATEP.

  • ITAR-free
  • Significant reduction in complexity
  • Readily scalable architecture (2m – 12m deployed diameter)
  • High stowage efficiency
  • Novel reflector surface material under development
  • High frequency operation (up to Ka Band)
  • Cost competitive

Applications: Data Relay Systems (DRS), Earth Observation, Telecoms etc.

ASTROTUBE MAX TELESCOPIC BOOM

Updating a successfully flight proven design, the Oxford Space System’s AstroTube Max boom is a highly scalable, structurally stiff boom designed to enable a range of mid to high mass payload deployments.

  • Low cost, low complexity design
  • Retractable or single shot deployment
  • Unlimited partial deployment
  • Footprint efficient
  • Scalable (0.5m – 15m)
  • Internal cable & gas feeds possible
  • Optional rotation
  • Based on a flight proven design (CFE-SAT 2007)
  • TRL 9 – outer CFRP telescope
  • TRL 9 – AstroTube actuator system

Applications: LDA deployment, Electric Propulsion Placement, high mass payload deployment

ASTROTUBE BOOM

AstroTube is a highly scalable, low cost boom designed to support a wide range of microsat & cubesat applications.

  • TRL9
  • Low complexity, novel design
  • Retractable or single shot deployment
  • Very low shock deployment
  • Integrated HDRM
  • Unlimited partial deployment & retraction
  • Low mass
  • Highly footprint efficient (<\0.5U)
  • Scalable (0.3m – 3m)
  • Simple I2C interface

Applications: payload deployment & retraction, antenna systems, de-orbit structures, solar sails

AstroTube successfully validated on orbit in November 2016 (AlSat-Nano 3U cubesat mission)

ASTROHINGE
SCALABLE PANEL ARRAY

Building upon Oxford Space Systems’ expertise in flexible composites, OSS is co-developing a scalable, synchronised panel array. This is based upon its stored energy AstroHinge™ technology. A steerable variant is under development for LEO microsat applications.

  • Low complexity, proprietary design
  • Steerable
  • Mass efficient
  • Scalable
  • Programmable rate of deployment
  • Cost competitive

Applications: Patch antenna arrays, thermal radiators, solar arrays, SAR

LATEST NEWS

OSS COMPLETES OVER-SUBSCRIBED £1m INTERIM FUND RAISE

15 June 2017: Oxford Space Systems (OSS) has successfully secured over £1m in it’s interim funding round.  This has come predominantly from its existing institutional and private investors but also from new US investor, Space Angels.

Founder and CEO, Mike Lawton, explained the rationale behind the company’s interim fund raise, “On the back of the successful in-orbit demonstration of our AstroTube boom, we’re seeing a lot of positive volatility in the business, with enquiries coming in at a much increased rate. We wanted to ensure we had some clear water for the remainder of the year, ideally giving us breathing space to secure one or two of the lucrative flight contract opportunities we’re negotiating. Once we have clarity of these, we’ll be in a stronger position – than the great one we’re already in – for our third and more significant fund raise in early 2018.  Lawton went on to explain investor interest in OSS, “We targeted a raise of £800,000 (GBP) in this round but had such a good response from existing investors and the opportunity to bring Space Angels on board, that we ended up closing at £1.1m in new money”.

For more on the article, please see: https://goo.gl/HxA2Y6

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OSS INTERVIEWED BY WOMANTHOLOGY

20 April 2017: Shefali Sharma featured in leading digital magazine Womanthology.

Read Shefali’s words of inspiration and wisdom as she discusses opportunities in New Space and what led her to pursue a career in the industry. She also sheds light on the gender gap in space sector and the importance of inspiring young-individuals at home and at school-entry levels.

Check out the interview here: https://goo.gl/jShLAa

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OSS INTERVIEWED BY SPACEONEERS

18 January 2017: How do we most effectively send satellites into space? And how do we make the best use of the volume we have in rocket launchers?

Spaceoneers spoke to Mike Lawton, CEO and Founder of Oxford Space Systems. With their novel unfurlable technology such as their AstroTube™ boom, OSS are providing highly scalable, stowage efficient structures targeted at the global satellite industry.

In the interview, Mike talks about the challenges of the space industry, how ESA can be more entrepreneurial in its approach to SMEs, and the record-breaking first in-orbit demonstration of OSS’ AstroTube™ technology.

For more on the interview, please see: http://spaceoneers.io/2017/01/18/mike-lawton-oss

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OSS SETS SPACE INDUSTRY RECORD!

02 November 2016: Oxford Space Systems has set two industry records in the last month with the successful launch and deployment of its novel AstroTube™ boom. Launched on the UK-Algerian Space Agencies’ AlSat-1N cubesat on 26th Sept 2016, OSS has gone from product concept to orbit in under 30 months.

Mike Lawton, founder & CEO, explained: “To our knowledge, no one else has formed a new company, developed new materials and a product and then got to orbit so quickly. I’m really proud of the OSS team for this achievement – a truly agile development without compromising reliability.  Thanks must go to Innovate UK and the Algerian and UK Space Agencies for providing the opportunity and co-funding to come in alongside that of our investors. Special mention must go to ESA’s ARTES 14 NEOSAT programme.  This provided essential funding and expertise which permitted us to formally evaluate a range of novel composite layups targeting geo-stationary telecoms platforms. Although we’re not currently part of the programme, work completed under NEOSAT underpinned this successful on-orbit deployment”.

The next OSS AstroTube boom is due for launch on a commercial mission in summer 2017 and OSS is currently in negotiations with a number of overseas satellite primes for much larger variants of AstroTube and AstroTube Max.

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OSS SETS SPACE INDUSTRY RECORD!

26 September 2016: Oxford Space Systems has gone from company formation to material design through product design, test and launch in under 30 months.

The 3U Alsat-1N cubesat was successfully delivered to an orbit of 689km via the PSLV launcher from India this morning.  A healthy beacon signal was detected in South Africa when anticipated around 90 mins after separation of the satellite from its launch cradle. After a few weeks of health checking and payload checkout, Alsat-1N will deploy the OSS boom – the world’s longest retractable cubesat boom and thus setting another record for OSS!

Alsat-1N is a joint undertaking between the UK Space Agency and the Algerian Space Agency (ASAL), and is designed as an educational mission to be delivered by Surrey Space Centre (UK) for Algerian graduate students.

OSS is using the mission as a flight opportunity to validate a number of predictions made for its proprietary flexible composite material in the demanding environment of low earth orbit.  This data will underpin development of OSS’s commercial boom systems, including the much larger AstroTube™ Max boom as well as that of its AstroHinge™ deployable panel arrays.

Mission details can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/h9qugvq

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OSS INTERVIEWED BY INSTITUTE OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS

16 August 2016: Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) recently interviewed Oxford Space Systems’ Founder & CEO, Mike Lawton, as a part of their Innovation Campaign. Oxford Space Systems is one of the companies supported by IMechE’s Stephenson Fund.

In the interview, Mike talks about company’s vision, the role of engineers in the UK and what innovation means to him.

For more on the interview, please see: www.imeche.org

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OSS COVERAGE IN SATELLITE FINANCE

2 May 2016: Oxford Space Systems CEO & Founder, Mike Lawton, was interviewed by Satellite Finance. Mike says that the UK newspace is tied down by ESA funding regimes.

In the interview, he points to a disconnect between the space agency’s ‘failure is not an option’ mentality and the ‘fail fast, fail cheap’ approach
taken by VC investors who have an appetite for risk on the back of rapid progress.

For more on the interview, please see: oxfordspacesystems.tumblr.com

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OSS COVERAGE IN SPACE NEWS

18 January 2016: Oxford Space Systems gets great coverage in the space industry’s leading weekly newspaper – Space News.

The article in the US based publication, covers the UK Space Cluster at Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK – home to OSS – and why we’re based here.

For more on the article, please see: oxfordspacesystems.tumblr.com

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OXFORD SPACE SYSTEMS WINS BRITISH ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARDS GRAND PRIX 2015

29 October 2015: Oxford Space Systems won the Grand Prix ‘winner of winners’ trophy at this year’s UK British Engineering Excellence Awards in London.  OSS was also awarded the Start Up of the Year trophy.

What the judges said: “OSS demonstrated everything you could plan and hope for from a start up; a viable range of innovative products and demand for its technology from the global space industry.  It’s a huge success story for UK manufacturing plc and an example to other companies of how to identify and exploit a market opportunity.”

For more on the event, please see: www.beeas.co.uk

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MEDIA ENQUIRIES

For all media inquiries please contact:

Shefali Sharma

e: media@oxfordspacesystems.com
m: +44 (0)7838 882 248
t: +44 (0)1235 567 999

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WHERE TO FIND US

Discover the future at:

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c/o Satellite Applications Catapult/Electron Building
Harwell Space Cluster
Harwell OX11 0QR
United Kingdom

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